Paul Scholes, a Manchester United legend, was an excellent critic of Chelsea's defense at the start of this season. Chelsea's defense, according to the former England international, is comprised of veteran players like Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta, as well as young players like Trevor Chalobah and Malang Sarr.
At the time Paul Scholes made such pronouncement, it sounded like harmless joking based on Chelsea's league standing at the time. They were winning and preserving clean sheets in all of their matches. Furthermore, Edouard Mendy was at his peak.
A group of Chelsea fans reacted angrily on social media to Paul Scholes' comment that Chelsea was doing well compared to Manchester United, which was losing a lot of goals in the league back in mid-October at the time.
Sky Sports pundit Paul Scholes was correct two months ago when he said that. When it comes to Chelsea's defense in the English Premier League, "understatement" is an understatement.
Following a 4-0 victory over Juventus at Stamford Bridge in their fifth Champions League group H encounter, the Blues have failed to keep another clean sheet since that time. Chelsea has played five games since hosting Juventus three weeks ago, including four Premier League matches and one Champions League match against Zenit St Petersburg in Russia. The Blues failed to keep a clean sheet in any of those games, and they gave up at least one goal in three of the five meetings.
Edouard Mendy and Ben Chilwell are both fit, so what is the problem with Chelsea's defensive line?
The majority of Chelsea's roster was in excellent form at the start of this season. Kovavic and N'Golo Kante were both available. With 5 assists and one goal in nine league games, Mateo Kovavic has been an unstoppable force for Chelsea this season, helping them dominate the midfield and providing significant goal contributions. N'Golo Kante filled in admirably for Hazard, who was unable to play due to injury.
When the Frenchman left the field against Juventus last month, everything was good at Chelsea. Since then, Chelsea's defense has been as vulnerable as a squid's gills. Saul Niguez and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have been given the duty of controlling the midfield by Tuchel but have failed miserably, with Jorginho making costly mistakes that led to goals against Manchester United and West Ham Utd respectively..
Chelsea's defense, according to Paul Scholes, was ineffective. In reality, Mateo Kovavic and N'Golo Kante were only there to give adequate midfield coverage. When Mateo and N'Golo were both injured, Chelsea was exposed.
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