Eden Hazard of Chelsea

Egged on at Chelsea

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Eden Hazard of Chelsea. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGES

Tim Harrison
Tim Harrison

By Tim Harrison

Reporters were served egg sandwiches at half-time as Chelsea hosted Wolves… but I couldn’t have told you what happened in the 45 minutes before that.

We were hypnotised by metronomic Sarriball – relentless, repetitive side-to-side passing as halfhearted forward forays were rebuffed.

I vaguely recall that the Wolves fans sang a lot, probably to stay awake. Home fans just stared, in a collective trance.

Someone was booked. There may have been a corner, but the open page in my notebook remained blank. I do know I enjoyed my sandwich.

The Blues travel to Everton this weekend, having missed the chance to capitalise on results and stake a claim to a top-four place. Goodison Park has mixed memories.

With matches running out, and Euro 2020 qualifiers disrupting the domestic league, Chelsea have to do better against teams who park the bus.

Morrie Sarri belatedly switched formation and substituted Jorginho in the Wolves game, after the visitors shocked everyone with a breakaway second-half goal.

A moment of genius from Eden Hazard in stoppage time salvaged a point for Chelsea, but the mood at the final whistle last weekend was complicated.

Wolves were pleased, but not ecstatic, having seen two points surrendered. Chelsea were relieved, but not delighted, having sat through more patient build-up than anyone really had patience for.

Oh, and it was an exceptionally windy afternoon. But that could have been the egg sandwiches.

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