Premier League Roundup: Chelsea held to goalless draw by Wolves in Tuchel’s debut; Other PL match report

Thomas Tuchel was unable to inject some new manager vibe into the Chelsea set up as his tenure at Stamford Bridge began with an underwhelming 0-0 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday night.

Tuchel’s confirmation as Frank Lampard’s successor 24 hours later produced a possession-heavy performance from the Chelsea team crucially lacking a cutting edge.

Olivier Giroud was handed a spot in the starting line up and he perhaps squandered Chelsea’s best first-half opening, while Ben Chilwell, Mateo Kovacic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Kai Havertz all failed to earn their new manager three points in the second.

The result sees Chelsea secure the eighth spot on the standings, but still 11 points adrift off the summit after winning just one in their last six Premier League games.

Wolves could have also snatched the first victory in seven games late on but Pedro Neto could only clip the crossbar.

Watch the highlights of the match below

Thomas Tuchel after the match said: “I spoke in the dressing room and told everybody there was no room for disappointment or doubts. I was very happy with the performance energy-wise, we were structured and didn’t allow any dangerous counter-attacks against one of the most dangerous teams.

“We were very well-organised, brave, played with courage as a team both offensively and defensively, had a good impact from the bench and a very good attitude from the players who did not come on.

“It was hard work, but we never lost intensity and for that I am happy. If this is our starting point I’m looking forward to where we will end up.”

Stats and facts from the match (Backed by Opta)

  • Thomas Tuchel is the first Chelsea manager since Rafael Benítez in November 2012 to draw his first game in charge of the club, which was also a 0-0 at Stamford Bridge (v Manchester City).
  • Wolves have gone unbeaten against Chelsea home and away for the second time in the last three Premier League seasons, having also won at Molineux and drawn at Stamford Bridge in the 2018-19 campaign.
  • Chelsea had 78.9% possession and completed 820 passes against Wolves – since the start of 2003-04, these are both the highest totals by a team in their manager’s first Premier League game in charge.
  • Wolves are now winless in their last seven games in the Premier League, equalling their longest run of games without a victory in the competition under Nuno Espírito Santo (seven games between May and September 2019).
  • Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has seen his team keep a clean sheet in each of their last four league games (three for PSG and one tonight), going 415 minutes of play in total since last seeing them concede (versus Lyon on December 13th).
  • Wolves kept their first clean sheet in the Premier League since October 2020 (v Crystal Palace), ending a run of 12 consecutive games without one.
  • Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has made 25 home league appearances under Thomas Tuchel (between PSG and Chelsea), and is still yet to finish on the losing side (W22 D3).

Elsewhere, Burnley produced a fine comeback against Aston Villa to win 3-2 and snatch all three points from the Villians on Wednesday.

Chris Wood’s 79th-minute header ensured Burnley win back-to-back games as they hope to win a continuous streak of games.

Ollie Watkins put Villa in front on 14 minutes, Burnley equalised in the 52nd minute.

Jack Grealish was denied a wonderful solo goal by Nick Pope, but the Villa captain did score in the 68th minute to make it 2-1 before the hosts hit back eight minutes later, with Dwight McNeil’s cross inadvertently finding the bottom corner.

Also, Fulham missed the chance to close the gap on Brighton as both sides played out a goalless affair.

Premier League results

Wednesday 27th January

  • Burnley 3-2 Aston Villa
  • Chelsea 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • Brighton and Hove Albion 0-0 Fulham
  • Everton 1-1 Leicester City
  • Manchester United 1-2 Sheffield United
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