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Chelsea 6 Wolves 0
Published : 25 Sep 2012 23:03:20Rss feed
Wolves eaten alive by Blues
Wolves were humiliated tonight as Chelsea routed the Championship side 6-0 in the Capital Cup at Stamford Bridge.
This was as one-sided game as it was possible to get, and had it been a boxing match it would have been stopped early to avoid the opposition from receiving further punishment.
Putting the footballing cliches away for a second, the main talking point was not how many goals the European champions would score but the selection of John Terry in the starting line-up.
The fact he did start and play a full 90 minutes after undergoing two days of intense public scrutiny with an FA inquiry going on, is testament to the Chelsea's skipper determination not to allow off the field activities to deflect him from playing football.
Six goals entertained the majority of the 32, 569 crowd, the Wolves support could virtually be counted with one hand.
Wolves, by comparison looked as if they did not want to on the same pitch and played in the same way.
It took just over three minutes for the Blues to open the score. Victor Moses was upended by Ronald Zubar, wide on the right.
Juan Mata sent in a fierce in-swinging left-footer which Gary Cahill met with his head to force home past Dorus De Vries at the goalkeeper's near post
Number two came three minutes later with rising star Ryan Bertrand smashing past a hapless De Vries from just inside the Wolves penalty area.
The embarrassment for the Championship side continued on 17 minutes when an inspired Mata move saw the Spain midfielder complete two one-twos. The first with Ramires, the second with Fernando Torres before plonking the ball into the back of the Wolves net.
Wolves' first attack on goal, on 21 minutes, saw Ross Turnbull smartly tip over his crossbar an accurate drive from David Davis, albeit from 25 yards out.
Slawomir Peszko zipped through the Chelsea rearguard four minutes later, showing Cahill a clean pair of heels.
The Polish striker took the ball around Turnbull, but unluckily for him, hammered the ball into the side-netting.
The second half stared as the first with a similar outcome. And it took just seven minutes for the Blues to notch up number four.
Moses raced into the penalty area, appeared to lose the ball but was taken out by De Vries.
While the crowd shouted for Torres to take the spot kick, the honour went to fellow countryman Oriol Romeu, who duly dispatched the kick with consummate ease to open his Chelsea account.
The Chelsea faithful need not have worried about Torres as the misfiring Spain striker, unmarked and eight yards out from goal, produced a bullet header into the net from a Mata corner on 58 minutes to heap even more woe on the visitors.
With Oscar and Marko Marin on, in place of Ramires and Mata, the duo were involved in goal number six with 19 minutes remaining. Marin fed the ball to Oscar, whose left byline cross was met by an unmarked Moses who headed home from close range.
Torres should have notched up the seventh three minutes later, but his shot was deflected away from goal by the leg of De Vries.
A double block by Cahill prevented Wolves sub, and ex-Chelsea reserve player Frank Nouble from getting away a shot on target.
Such is the different in class and wealth that Chelsea brought on Eden Hazard - £32m summer signing for £50m Torres.
But the game was over by a country mile by then. Chelsea : Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Bertrand, Ramires Romeu, Piazon, Mata, Moses, Torres. Subs, Hilario, Ferreira, Luiz, Mikel, Oscar, Hazard, Marin Wolves: De Vries, Edwards, Stearman, Peszko, Hunt, Sigurdarson, Boukari, Zubar, Batth, Davis, Margreitter Subs: Ikeme, Nouble, Jonsson, Forde, Foley, Price, Ismail Referee Neil Swarbrick
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