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Premier League: Tuchel Begins Chelsea Reign With Frustrating Home Draw Vs Wolves

Premier League: Tuchel Begins Chelsea Reign With Frustrating Home Draw Vs Wolves

Thomas Tuchel got his reign as Chelsea boss off to a frustrating 0-0 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers in Wednesday’s Premier League game despite his side enjoying 78% possession.

Tuchel omitted Mason Mount from his first Chelsea starting XI at Stamford Bridge.

Mount was a fixture under sacked Blues boss Frank Lampard, but was overlooked by Tuchel but however got eight minutes from the bench as the hosts tried to break through a resolute Wolves side.

Cesar Azpilicueta captained Tuchel’s first Blues XI, with Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic in midfield, and Callum Hudson-Odoi making a start.

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Antonio Rudiger started in defence, in a move widely expected with Tuchel a known admirer of the Germany centre-back.

But Tuchel’s dreams of a winning start did not come true.

Chelsea dominated territory and possession, but created precious few clear-cut chances, and so the game remained goalless at half-time.

It was a quick start though after half-time from Chelsea with Kai Havertz claiming a penalty.

Callum Hudson-Odoi burst down the right and flashed a ball across the box. Havertz was then knocked over as Wolves bundled the ball clear, but the referee waved play on.

Hakim Ziyech’s then charged down the right and found Giroud, whose shot on target was never going to beat Rui Patricio.

Callum Hudson-Odoi, who probably been Chelsea’s best player, continued to probe, but it was Wolves who almost broke the deadlock.

They hit Chelsea on the break through Pedro Neto. The powerful forward got on to a flick from Daniel Podence and found his way into the  area before clipping a shot over Edouard Mendy that hit the top of the bar.

The draw saw Chelsea climb to eight position on 30 points in the league table.

And in the other Premier League game at Turf Moor, Burnley came back twice to beat Aston Villa 3-2.

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