Chelsea player ratings vs Wolves: Kai Havertz and Mateo Kovacic ABYSMAL as Frank Lampard fails to change Blues' fortunes

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The Blues were toothless once again as they were bested by the struggling hosts in their first match under their new interim boss

Chelsea proved that they have plenty more problems to overcome since sacking coach Graham Potter as they went down 1-0 to Wolves on Saturday.

There was no new manager bounce in interim coach Frank Lampard's first game as the Blues were woeful and unable to threaten their hosts.

Kai Havertz disappointed up front once again alongside Raheem Sterling and Joao Felix, while the likes of Enzo Fernandez, Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana put in decent performances to prevent things from getting worse.

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GOAL rates Chelsea's players from Molineux...

  1. Goalkeeper & Defence
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    Goalkeeper & Defence

    Kepa Arrizabalaga (6/10):

    Beaten by an excellent shot in the first half but made some saves as the busier of the two goalkeepers.

    Reece James (6/10):

    Worked hard to get forward to whip the ball into the box but his crosses were poor. Still, it was one of his better performances since returning from injury.

    Wesley Fofana (7/10):

    Made an important tackle in the first half and looked good alongside Koulibaly.

    Kalidou Koulibaly (7/10):

    His header bounced perfectly for Matheus Nunes to fire in the opening goal but he did well defensively and was fine on the ball.

    Marc Cucurella (5/10):

    Put in a few good tackles but was at risk of being sent off with a yellow card early in the second half. Was sloppy in possession, too.

  2. Midfield
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    Conor Gallagher (6/10):

    Made nice runs into space around the Wolves defence as a threatening passing option but could not convert that into real danger.

    Enzo Fernandez (7/10):

    Saw a lot of the ball and made some good passes but unable to create any chances.

    Mateo Kovacic (4/10):

    Behind the pace of the game for large spells although he did play two dangerous balls. Very little fight for the ball in midfield.

  3. Attack
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    Kai Havertz (4/10):

    Not the right candidate to lead the Chelsea attack as he was barely involved in good positions and no threat at all.

    Joao Felix (6/10):

    Looked capable of creating something at times but nothing went in his favour.

    Raheem Sterling (5/10):

    Had a hard time getting involved as Chelsea struggled to build attacks in the first half. Only slightly better in the second and set up Gallagher with a cut back.

  4. Subs & Manager
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    Subs & Manager

    Christian Pulisic (6/10):

    Came on for Havertz after the hour mark and held up the ball but was unable to offer much of a threat.

    Mykhailo Mudryk (5/10):

    Was easily snuffed out by the Wolves defence in his 22 minutes on the field.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (6/10):

    Missed the target with a shot immediately after coming on and saw an effort blocked by Dawson late on.

    Ben Chilwell (6/10):

    Replaced Cucurella and was an improvement as Chelsea looked stronger down the left.

    Trevoh Chalobah (6/10):

    On for the last 10 minutes and played at the back. Was fine on the ball as Chelsea pushed forward.

    Frank Lampard (4/10):

    His team were second best for the entire first half and failed to create enough clear chances throughout. Some of his changes helped make them more threatening, but there were few positives to take from this game.