Wolves have endured a particularly topsy-turvy few weeks.
After beating Arsenal, they had to deal with a horrific fractured skull to star striker Raul Jimenez. What followed was a battering against Liverpool and a loss to Aston Villa – their Midlands rivals.
Therefore, their performance against Chelsea was outstanding in comparison. Against the top six sides, Wolves are never shy and this proved it.
Moving back to their preferred formation of three at the back, it worked wonders for Nuno Santo who engineered their most impressive result of the season.
Chelsea have been flying high in the Premier League after their widespread investment so beating them 2-1 on Tuesday was a massive result, especially when you consider they were a goal down.
One of the star performers was a certain Ruben Neves.
The Portuguese isn’t enjoying his best season in the Midlands and has now become nothing more than a rotation option for the Old Gold.
He didn’t start against Arsenal and was also left out of the starting XI versus Villa. However, with Joao Moutinho receiving a red card in that encounter, it meant that Neves was brought back for the Chelsea game.
The central midfielder didn’t disappoint either, demonstrating his sheer class with an artistic and dominative display in the middle of the park.
Throughout his 90 minutes on the pitch, Neves touched the ball a whopping 94 times and completed 85% of his passes.
Furthermore, Neves played a colossal 11 successful long balls forward, stepping back and spreading the play delightfully in either half.
The Portugal international’s performance typified that of a deep-lying playmaker, winning three tackles and two interceptions as he won 60% of his participated duels.
Neves very rarely broke into the channels and played just beyond the half-way line, breaking up the play and then laying it off to their more creative runners in the likes of Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto.
For someone who hasn’t always in the side this term, he now has to be one of the first names on the team sheet again. The Wolves star showed on Tuesday that he’s too good to miss out.