SWEET 16 turned sour for Chelsea as fans bashed a “cringey” club tweet that hailed a painstaking build-up in the 0-0 home draw with Wolves.
Thiago Silva and Co racked up a record-making 820 passes and earned 78.9% possession against Wolves but Chelsea still failed to break throughCredit: AFP or Licensors
Some fans suggested such patient play was the first step towards a stylish new dawn – but most preferred adjectives like “embarrassing,” “worthless” and “pointless”.
Chelsea posted: “Pass. Move. Pass again. Just 16 of our 820 completed passes last night!” – accompanied by gushing emojis.
No other manager in their first Premier League match has achieved such high totals as 820 passes and 78.9 per cent possession.
But this reply summed up the feeling of many fans: “Thought we were better than this. Must be a slow news day for admin.”
Most of the 16 passes were tame and in mid-pitch but the move ended with Callum Hudson-Odoi scampering clear for a dangerous right-wing cross.
And although supporters noted a change in tactics towards retaining the ball better, many were more concerned about the lack of bite on Wolves.
One posted: “How were you expecting us to win” and another added: “We didn’t win FFS”.
Similar respostes included: “Side, side, back, side, back, back” and “Unfortunately all of them are back passes …Boring ,Another Sarriball in making.”
That reference to 2018-19 Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri resonated with many fans.
But some insisted there had been instant “improvement” under Tuchel, while others argued that facing teams who come for a draw will take time for the ex-PSG chief to adjust to.
And one supporter defended the Blues’ clip by saying: “Some of them are back passes so you can try to pull the Wolves attacker and midfielders out of position but that team played 1-5-5.”