Match of the Day 2 pundit Alan Shearer has criticised Chelsea for his or her tempo of play after failing to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues went into the match with a report of 4 wins in 5 video games after an upturn of type following a 6-Zero defeat to Manchester Metropolis that nearly price Maurizio Sarri his job.
Nevertheless, the dressing room rallied, and after some noticeable modifications to how the group attempt to defend, they received 4 video games and misplaced the Carabao Cup last, conceding just one purpose within the course of.
Wolves opened the scoring via Raul Jimenez earlier than Eden Hazard discovered the equaliser within the 92nd minute to spare Chelsea’s blushes.
Former England and Newcastle United captain Shearer analysed what went flawed for the Blues of their 1-1 draw.
In his post-match interview with BBC Sport, Sarri dismissed the suggestion that Nuno Espirito Santo’s aspect had been too organised for his gamers to interrupt down.
He claimed that defending deep in numbers couldn’t be described as organisation, an argument that Shearer picked up on.
“I believe that’s very harsh,” he stated on Match of the Day 2. “Theres solely Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis with a greater defensive report away from house. They had been nicely organised at this time.
“Chelsea didn’t beat Wolves at this time due to Chelsea’s poor play as a result of Wolves weren’t organised. They had been too gradual, they had been too ponderous, and too many occasions, as an alternative of getting width or passing the ball ahead they went sideways or backwards or not transfer Wolves round sufficient.”
Shearer went additional to match the strategy of play employed by the Blues to Nuno’s method. In line with the all-time Premier League goalscorer, ‘Sarri-ball’ might study one thing from final 12 months’s Championship winners.
“There’s the system Wolves play, 5 on the again, three in midfield, they’re compact and in case you’re going to get via them it must be fast,” he stated.
“There’s the organisation the lads behind the ball, if you wish to beat the stretch them, get large, they didn’t do it fast sufficient in any respect.”
For Shearer, the issue finally got here right down to Chelsea’s low tempo in midfield.
“I discussed taking too many touches,” he stated. “Jorginho. Play ahead. He’s going to take a contact and resolve I’ve obtained to go backwards and it suited Wolves. They did this brilliantly.”