Wolves vs Chelsea
One of Sunday’s two early Premier League kick-offs is currently playing out in the midlands.
Said tie sees Bruno Lage’s Wolves taking on Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.
Chelsea have had some Covid-19-related issues this week, which sees a number of their key players missing out.
However, the Londoners were still able to field a fairly strong eleven on Sunday, and put four senior outfield players on the bench – a lot better than Leeds managed on Saturday vs Arsenal.
Despite Chelsea fielding what was probably their strongest possible back-line on the day, though, Wolves thought that they had taken the lead after just 15 minutes when Daniel Podence slotted past Edouard Mendy.
But the goal was rightly ruled out after Raul Jimenez was adjudged to have been offside in the build-up.
Bruno Lage’s side, nevertheless, continued to dominate Tuchel and co. early on in the game.
Should Kante have been sent off?
The score would remain at 0-0 throughout the opening half-hour, but should Chelsea have had a man sent off?
After an attempted pass was played towards Daniel Podence, N’Golo Kante got back to block the ball. However, upon replays being broadcast, it appeared as though the Frenchman used his arm to intervene.
In turn, as Kante was the last man between Podence and Chelsea’s goal, a case could certainly be made that the midfielder should have seen red for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity.
This is certainly the opinion of many fans on social media, amid the widespread consensus that Kante ‘got away with one’:
should be kante red card.
— duke (@duketakesoff) December 19, 2021
Kante should be off
— Λ (@drossoter) December 19, 2021
Chelsea got away with that. That’s a handball and Kante should be off
— M (@mufcAM) December 19, 2021
Kante should be off man clear handball
— Fred (@WWFCFrevans) December 19, 2021
Kante should be sent off
— RenownedRealist (@RetiredReaIist) December 19, 2021
Kante should be off
— Whyyoupree (@whyyoupree) December 19, 2021
Lmao Kante should be off.
— Washed King (@esaujunia) December 19, 2021
Kante should be off
— T (@Broonoooooo) December 19, 2021
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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