Lemina emotional tribute: Wolves star dedicate triumph over Chelsea to ailing father

Lemina's Emotional Tribute to Ailing Father || Imago

Lemina emotional tribute: Wolves star dedicate triumph over Chelsea to ailing father

Stephen Oladehinde 16:24 - 25.12.2023

In a poignant display of personal strength and professional excellence, Mario Lemina, the dynamic midfielder for Wolves, dedicated his standout performance and crucial goal against Chelsea to his father, who is currently hospitalized.

Lemina's emotional revelation came in a post-match interview, where he openly shared his family's challenging situation.

Lemina's Midfield Mastery

Wolves' midfield maestro, Mario Lemina, played a pivotal role in the team's impressive 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Molineux. 

The Gabonese star's influence was undeniable as he not only controlled the midfield but also broke the deadlock with a crucial goal in the 51st minute, setting the tone for a memorable Wolves win.

Personal Grit Amid Professional Glory

Despite his professional responsibilities, Lemina's heart was with his family, especially his father battling health issues in the hospital. 

In his post-match interview on Sky Sports, as reported by the Sun, Lemina expressed his inner conflict, saying, "He is struggling a lot and my family are around him now. I wanted to be with him, but I need to do my work. Dad - Keep pushing! We are all together.”

Wolves midfielder Lemina || Imago
Wolves midfielder Lemina || Imago

Wolves Level with Chelsea in the League

This victory was not just another win for Wolves. It propelled them to stand level on points with Chelsea, marking a significant milestone in their Premier League journey. 

The match, historically significant as the first Christmas Eve fixture in over 28 years, saw Matt Doherty amplify Wolves' lead before Chelsea’s Christopher Nkunku stirred a late challenge with an injury-time goal.

Midfielder Lemina scored for Wolves || Imago
Midfielder Lemina scored for Wolves || Imago

Chelsea's Declining Fortunes

For Chelsea, managed by Mauricio Pochettino, the defeat added to their woes in a year where they have accumulated 19 league losses, the highest in the Premier League. 

\This statistic places them in an unfavourable light in comparison to European counterparts, with only Almería, SV Werder Bremen, and Empoli registering more defeats in 2023.

Lemina's performance, amidst personal challenges, not only earned him the man-of-the-match award but also symbolized his resilience and dedication.