2022-23 English Premier League
  • Kai Havertz (45'+3')
  • Christian Pulisic (54')
  • Armando Broja (89')

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Christian Pulisic scored his first goal of the season for Chelsea, as his side clinched a straightforward victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Chelsea piled on the pressure with Kai Havertz breaking the deadlock moments before half-time, before Pulisic doubled their lead in the 54th minute of the game, chipping the ball past Wolves keeper Jose Sa.

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Armando Broja made it three in the 90th minute, scoring his first goal for the club as he hammered home Mateo Kovacic's pass.

The visitors were never really in the contest and Diego Costa could not find the back of the net against his old club, as managerless Wolves endured a dissapointing afternoon.

Chelsea boss Graham Potter made seven changes to his starting lineup with Tuesday's reverse fixture against Milan at San Siro in mind, but Chelsea showcased their strength in depth and outclassed a lacklustre Wolves side whose only win this season came against Southampton early in September.

"Credit to Wolves they came out and gave us more of a test in the second half, we saw that period out and we manged to score a nice goal. Nice at the end for Armando [Broja] to score," Potter said.

"We want to score more than one, we were playing so well and if you have that performance level the goals will come. Just a case of keeping that going and keeping the performance good. The effort was fantastic and they've worked hard in training this week."

"In general, I'm very happy. 3-0 is a good result in front of our fans. Good atmosphere and good game, " goalscorer Havertz said after the game.

"We have a big squad, a lot of good players. We're all together in this. Today we had a lot of changes but everyone is involved in every game. We have to be positive, even those who don't play. Armando gets a chance and scores straight away.

"Tuesday is the next one, a big game in the Champions League. We have to recover well and go again."

First-time goal scorer for Chelsea, Broja, said for him the moment was "surreal."

"It's always a wait when they check for a possible offside. I was keeping my fingers crossed but I thought I had timed my run well," Broja said.

"Thanks to the fans for the support. It's unreal, I've been waiting for my first goal. It's a surreal moment. I can't put it into words. Onto Tuesday now. It was a good performance.

"Everyone knows at one of the biggest clubs in the world there will be competition. It helps us all develop as players. We have a big squad, everyone is needed at all times."

Information frrom Reuters contributed to this report

English Premier League Standings

1 Arsenal 19 +29 50
2 Manchester City 20 +33 45
3 Newcastle United 20 +22 39
4 Manchester United 20 +7 39
5 Tottenham Hotspur 21 +9 36
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 19 +10 31
7 Fulham 21 +2 31
8 Brentford 20 +4 30
9 Liverpool 19 +9 29
10 Chelsea 20 +1 29
11 Aston Villa 20 -4 28
12 Crystal Palace 20 -9 24
13 Nottingham Forest 20 -19 21
14 Leicester City 20 -7 18
15 Leeds United 19 -7 18
16 West Ham United 20 -8 18
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 -18 17
18 AFC Bournemouth 20 -23 17
19 Everton 20 -13 15
20 Southampton 20 -18 15