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Willian featured during the disappointing 2-1 defeat to Wolves..

Ryan Bennett was involved in a footrace with Willian during Wolves' win over Chelsea

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Chelsea suffered their second defeat in three league games with a 2-1 loss at Wolverhampton Wanders on Wednesday night.

Under Maurizio Sarri, the Blues had made an unbeaten start to the season until Tottenham handed them their first defeat at Wembley Stadium.

And just a matter of weeks later, Chelsea succumbed to another disappointing result by surrendering a 1-0 lead in the Black Country.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek continued his rich vein of form by handing Chelsea the lead, his deflected strike defying Rui Patricio at his near post.

Chelsea had a number of opportunities to extend their lead in the first-half, too, but gave Wolves the opportunity to turn things around after the break.

Wolves 2-1 Chelsea

Raul Jimenez kicked off the comeback after 58 minutes, before Diogo Jota completed the turnaround by finding the bottom corner.

It was a massive result for Wolves who have experienced a slight dip in form recently, and their performance cut a stark contrast to the Huddersfield Town defeat.

Meanwhile, the game proves an unexpected blow for Chelsea and they'll be left kicking themselves after producing opportunities to go 2-0 up.

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Bennett vs Willian footrace

And one of those openings involved Willian, who looked for all intents and purposes to be one-on-one with Patricio and poised to score.

The Brazilian is one of the fastest players in the Premier League but - although hampered by some disappointing touches - was tackled by Ryan Bennett before he got his shot away.

Bennett, formerly of Peterborough United, showed incredible pace to cut across the pitch and deliver a sensational tackle in the nick of time.

Take a look at the moment below:

Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is defending.

Willian was certainly at a disadvantage in the footrace, but when you consider Bennett only has a pace rating of 34 on FIFA 19, the Wolves defender deserves plenty of credit.

EA Sports should probably take a look at amending their stats with Bennett showing some remarkable acceleration to save the day.

He has Willian to thank for being able to close down those final few metres, but the pairs' running shows there shouldn't t be a gap of nearly 60 in their pace.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea FC - Premier League

That aside, though, it was the slide tackle at the end that deserves the most praise and it couldn't have been any cleaner.

Lunging in with a slide tackle at full pace is always a risky game in the modern Premier League, but Bennett got it absolutely spot on this week.

Willian will kick himself that he didn't deliver a better first touch, open up his stride and put the game out of sight for Chelsea.

Where do you think Chelsea will finish this season? Have your say in the comments section below.

Topics:
Football
Maurizio Sarri
Rui Patricio
Raul Jimenez
Willian Borges da Silva
Premier League
Chelsea

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