“I can’t believe am watching him playing” – ESPN pundit left stunned by what two Chelsea defenders did vs Liverpool last night
In a nightmarish defensive display, Chelsea’s backline crumbled under the relentless pressure from Liverpool at Anfield, culminating in a dismal 4-1 defeat.
The central defensive duo of Thiago Silva and Benoit Badiashile, who commenced the game, experienced a forgettable outing. Their lapses in concentration allowed Diogo Jota to maneuver past them, securing Liverpool’s opening goal. ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley didn’t mince his words as he swiftly criticized Silva and Badiashile in the post-match analysis.
Expressing disbelief at their defensive lapse leading to Jota’s goal, Burley, a former Chelsea player, remarked, “How you can let Diogo Jota get through that gap between Silva and Badiashile, I don’t know.” The scrutiny extended beyond the broadcast, with former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie O’Hara joining in to slam Badiashile for his role in Chelsea’s defeat.
The shortcomings of Silva and Badiashile in preventing Jota’s incursion between them highlighted a glaring deficiency in their defensive capabilities. The overall defensive performance of Chelsea’s center-back pairing left much to be desired on the night. However, it’s essential to recognize that the blame for the loss at Anfield cannot be solely attributed to Silva and Badiashile. As a collective unit, Chelsea failed to meet the required standard, and the consequences were evident on the scoreboard.
The forthcoming Carabao Cup final presents an opportunity for redemption, but the defensive duo, along with the entire team, must elevate their performance significantly. The challenge ahead necessitates a heightened level of commitment and skill to avoid a repetition of the defensive lapses witnessed in the recent encounter against Liverpool.