Pundit picks apart star with lengthy Chelsea deal as trio receive scolding amid shocking run

Trevoh Chalobah, Kalidou Koulibaly, Chelsea, October 2022

Trevoh Chalobah was the main target of a scolding, along with two Chelsea teammates, after the latest defeat in their shocking run.

Chelsea’s form leaves a lot to be desired at the moment. Of their last eight matches in all competitions, only two have ended in a result that wasn’t a loss.

The six defeats are their most over an eight-game period since December 1993. That shows just how poor they have been during the current stretch.

If this continues, it would not be a surprise if Graham Potter was soon to bite the dust. Sack talk has been ongoing for a while, as the former Brighton manager’s successor has reportedly been identified, in Mauricio Pochettino.

Former Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was known for his ruthless nature when it came to sacking managers. Todd Boehly could do the same – he got rid of Thomas Tuchel just four months after he bought the club, and Potter could soon follow.

As such, the Englishman will hope for a turnaround in order to save his job.

Results like the loss to Fulham have will not have helped his future prospects in any case. To lose to a local rival and slip to 10th in the process is a particularly bad look for the Blues.

A few players have received a scolding for their performance in the 2-1 loss.

Chelsea ‘diabolical’ and Chalobah torn to shreds

While they might have received one from Potter, it was a pair of pundits that publicly ripped into some Chelsea stars. Alan Brazil pulled no punches in his assessment of the Stamford Bridge outfit’s back line.

“Defensively they are diabolical. I mean diabolical,” he told talkSPORT.

One man in particular received the worst of it from Brazil – centre-back Chalobah.

“Chalobah, I don’t know what he’s doing in the side. For the second goal he tried to step up and be clever rather than mark his man.”

Kepa and Azpilicueta take scolding

Ray Parlour also felt criticism was in order for a couple of Chelsea’s players. He firstly questioned the decision making of club stalwart Cesar Azpilicueta.

“For the first goal, you’ve got to say Cesar Azpilicueta should be closing him down a bit quicker,” he said.

“I know he’s been a great servant to Chelsea and a fantastic player, but he’s got to get out quicker and stop the shot.

“You’ve got to show him down the line as well. You don’t show him back onto his good foot, do you? I thought that was a bad mistake.”

He also had questions over the performance of another member of Chelsea’s Spanish contingent – Kepa Arrizabalaga.

“The second goal is a great ball in but the keeper is in no man’s land. I don’t know what Kepa’s doing there. He’s well out of position.”

Potter will hope he can inspire his players to some better performances soon, or he won’t be in his job for long.

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