Premier League side Chelsea had a forgettable start to the tournament so far. Chelsea manager Lampard is under pressure to try and change the team’s fortune under these circumstances. However, Liverpool legend and renowned football critic Graeme Souness has blamed Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta for Chelsea’s horrible start in the Premier League season.
Notably, the Blues began their Premier League season receiving a 4-0 thrashing from Manchester United at Old Trafford and then were beaten by Liverpool in UEFA Super Cup in the penalty shootout. Post that, they failed to get past Leicester City in what was Frank Lampard’s first match at Chelsea’s home ground since he took charge of the team as manager.
Graeme noted how the Spanish player was to be blamed for the Wilfred Ndidi goal which snatched a win from Chelsea and gave them only a solitary point. He also highlighted how he was also to be blamed for two of the four goals that they conceded against United.
“Azpilicueta has been a brilliant defender for Chelsea but he doesn’t know Ndidi is there for the goal, he’s just watching the ball,” he said on Sky Sports post the match.
“He looks over his right shoulder and he stops that. He gave two goals away last week and gave this goal away today as well,” he said.
Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole agreed and added how Azpilicueta could have possibly prevented Ndidi from netting that goal.
“Azpilicueta’s body shape is wrong, if he’d opened his body up a bit more he would’ve stopped him,” Cole said.