Former star worried, as ‘abnormal’ stat sticks out in abject Chelsea display

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Ex-Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf has criticised his former club’s display in their Champions League opener against Sevilla.

Frank Lampard’s men played out a goalless draw with the LaLiga outfit at Stamford Bridge in the London side’s Group E game on Tuesday night.

After the match, Leboeuf gave his thoughts to ESPN FC on what he believed was an underwhelming performance.

“I don’t see what I want to see, I don’t see the players speeding up the game and doing something, changing rhythm,” he said.

“I saw (Edouard) Mendy is much better than Kepa. It’s a clean sheet, especially after the first half, Sevilla had around 65 per cent possession of the ball away from home at Chelsea in the Champions League, that’s completely abnormal.”

The former Blues centre-half went on to highlight that, during the game, Chelsea suffered from a lack of creativity in the midfield and attacking areas.

He continued: “I’m pleased to see Thiago Silva because he’s a talented player that brings something very special to the defence and makes it more solid, but after that, I don’t see somebody in the midfield, especially offensively, somebody doing something special to create something.

“They’re looking for each other, not knowing each other and we saw clearly nothing. The best chance was after an hour from (Sevilla’s) Jordan from a corner kick because no Chelsea player was marking him and he had a fantastic volley, that’s the only thing that I saw.

“Half a chance from Werner, another half a chance from Zouma, that’s it, Champions League guys, Champions League. We want to see something soon.”

The 0-0 draw was Chelsea’s first clean sheet at home in the Champions League since their 6-0 thumping of Qarabag of Azerbaijan in September 2017.

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Lampard pleased with clean sheet

Post-game, Lampard admitted his relief at keeping the clean sheet given his team’s defensive woes of late.

“It feels good to get the clean sheet, it’s something you always strive for,” he said.

“Sevilla pose a lot of threat – the crosses and balls into the box, they played really well and they’ve got quality.

“Both teams seemed happy with the point I think. We conceded a goal in the last minute the other day so when you have that feeling fresh in your mind it’s not nice.”

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