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Edwards comments on decision not to call off Wolves v Chelsea

Wolves v Chelsea went ahead on Sunday despite the European champions’ request for the game to be called off.

Bruno Lage’s options were arguably just as stretched and Thomas Tuchel still had enough international quality players available.

In the Express and Star, former Molineux midfielder David Edwards said it was ‘crazy’ to play the game but good from a Wolves point of view.

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“The worrying thing from an outsider’s point of view, after everything we went through in the last two years, was that there wasn’t any protocol to follow, any criteria for games to be called off due to coronavirus,” he said.

“You’d think once a club hits a certain number of players unavailable through Covid that would trigger a postponement, but games were allowed to be decided on an individual basis.

“I felt for Chelsea a little bit after the 0-0 draw, when you listen to Thomas Tuchel after the game, their preparation was definitely hampered. They had positive tests for a number of days in a row, to a player training and with the squad in the hotel, it’s crazy the Premier League didn’t call the game off, albeit good for Wolves from a selfish point of view!

“It was worrying that it has taken this situation for the top flight to act on, there should have been a protocol in place beforehand.”

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Edwards is well-placed to say what it feels like from a players’ point of view when there is uncertainty and issues with their preparation.

It did work out well for Wolves on the day and actually with the way they have been defending, they would have fancied their chances of getting a result out of Chelsea anyway.

It appears that the Premier League is going to push ahead with the festive fixtures where possible and all of Wolves’ players and staff have now had their booster.