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Iconic ex-PL manager slams three Chelsea stars after Southampton stalemate

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Arsene Wenger critical of three Chelsea players after Southampton draw

Speaking on beIN Sports (h/t Daily Star), former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has blasted three Chelsea players for their displays against Southampton.

Chelsea saw their winning run come to an end on Saturday afternoon as they were held to a 1-1 draw by the Saints at St. Mary’s. Takumi Minamino put the hosts ahead in the first half before a Mason Mount penalty brought Chelsea level after the break.

Despite hogging possession, Chelsea weren’t able to create much, leaving a lot to be desired with their performance. And, ex-Arsenal boss Wenger has laid the blame to three Chelsea players’ feet for the outcome.

Chelsea drew against Southampton on Saturday (Getty Images)
Chelsea drew against Southampton on Saturday (Getty Images)

Those three players are wing-back Reece James and centre-backs Cesar Azpilicueta and Kurt Zouma, with Wenger believing that they did not do enough to stop Minamino from scoring in the first half.

“Zouma has turned completely, the space between him and Azpilicueta, look where Reece James is. He should be in there and Azpilicueta much more in. There’s no communication but what the striker does is exceptional.”

Zouma hasn’t been a regular under new manager Thomas Tuchel. But having been handed a chance on Saturday, the Frenchman failed to make the most of it.

Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva, Reece James, Tammy Abraham all missed out clash against Aston Villa.
Kurt Zouma endured a disappointing game (GETTY Images)

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It was an unconvincing performance as a whole from the team. And the players must pull their socks up and produce a strong reaction as Atletico Madrid are up next in the UEFA Champions League next week.

Hopefully, there is a chance we will have Thiago Silva back for the game, with the Brazilian pictured in training earlier in the week. His return should make the backline more disciplined and organised.

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“High quality”: Chelsea boss Tuchel makes surprise admission after Man United draw

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Thomas Tuchel happy with Chelsea draw against Manchester United

According to Eurosport, Thomas Tuchel was relatively happy with his side’s draw against Manchester United. The Blues held to a 0-0 draw over United at Stamford Bridge as both sides failed to test each other in what was a very drab stalemate.

The draw ensured that Tuchel’s unbeaten run continued but with dropped points, the chasing pack are slowly closing in. However, Tuchel spoke out on the game and claimed that he was happy with how Chelsea put up with Manchester United.

A 0-0 draw against Manchester United meant Chelsea are left one point behind West Ham United in 5th position. (GETTY Images)
A 0-0 draw against Manchester United meant Chelsea are left one point behind West Ham United in 5th position. (GETTY Images)

“It was a high-quality game between two very strong teams. We suffered in the first half but overall it was an even game. In the second half, I thought we were really strong. I thought we were closer to winning it, but there was a lot of quality on the pitch. Performance-wise I’m satisfied. We defended very well in the last line and I’m very happy with that.”

The German tactician insisted that the team did not attack spaces as efficiently as he would have liked in the first period. However, he said he was happy to take a draw against Manchester United.

“We were not good enough in the first half to attack the spaces. We said at half-time not to worry. We changed to a 5-3-2 to have higher ball recoveries and to regain confidence, and the boys did that very well. We were very close to winning. We take what we got. I’m absolutely happy. Against a team like Man United you don’t get many chances.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 28: Harry Maguire of Manchester United is challenged by Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on February 28, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

The talking point of the match was, however, a penalty call that required VAR intervention but Stuart Attwell deemed it to not be a penalty. Tuchel gave his say on the issue.

“How can this be a VAR intervention? The player in red plays the ball with the hand and then we are checking for a penalty? Why does the referee have to see this? I’ve seen it on the iPad, I don’t understand why the referee has to check it but I’m glad it was no penalty. That would make it even worse.”

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Chelsea will have another big test in the form of Liverpool. A vital clash by all means in the race for top-four, both sides are separated by just a point at 5th and 6th. A win there could go a long way in securing a coveted Champions League spot.

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Tuchel reveals why this Chelsea star was dropped to the bench against Man United

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Timo Werner in action for Chelsea. (GETTY Images)

Thomas Tuchel reveals why Chelsea ace Timo Werner was benched against Manchester United

Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports (h/t Metro) before the game against Manchester United, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel revealed that he decided to start Hakim Ziyech instead of Timo Werner because the German striker needed a breather.

The Blues started the game against the Red Devils with a few notable changes. Apart from Werner dropping out, Ben Chilwell started at left-back and N’Golo Kante started instead of Jorginho in midfield.

Playmaker Kai Havertz also made the bench after returning from injury, while Tammy Abraham was left out of the matchday squad. And Tuchel went on to reveal that the change up front was to give Werner a rest.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said Hakim Ziyech started instead of Timo Werner as the latter needed a rest.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said Hakim Ziyech started instead of Timo Werner as the latter needed a rest. (GETTY Images)

“It was the feeling to give Timo a little break, to have him from the bench, to have him again fresh also for the fixture against Liverpool.”

A much-needed rest

The former PSG manager explained that the German international needed a breather. He also implied that other players deserved a chance to start as well.

“He was also a bit tired. I felt he was a little bit tired after so many games in a row so I give him a rest and let the other guys perform who deserve that.”

Hakim Ziyech started for Chelsea against Manchester United. (GETTY Images)
Hakim Ziyech started for Chelsea against Manchester United. (GETTY Images)

Before the game against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, the ex-RB Leipzig striker had started in the last 5 Premier League games in a row. Werner. of course, came on with 12 minutes to go against United.

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He replaced Ziyech with the score still at 0-0, and that is how the game would go on to end. The draw means Chelsea are yet to lose under Thomas Tuchel, winning 4 and drawing 3 of his first 7 league games in charge.

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“Totally helpless”: Some Chelsea fans react as dull draw against Man United ensures Tuchel’s unbeaten streak continues

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A 0-0 draw against Manchester United meant Chelsea are left one point behind West Ham United in 5th position. (GETTY Images)

Chelsea fans react as a goalless draw against Manchester United extends Tuchel’s unbeaten streak

Manchester United arrived at Stamford Bridge on Sunday with Chelsea on a great high under new manager Thomas Tuchel. The Blues hadn’t lost a single game since the former PSG manager took charge of the club.

And that run continued once the full-time whistle blew in London. The two giants of English football played out a goalless draw in a game where both sides looked more eager to avoid defeat than to win.

Chelsea made a few changes to the team for the game against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. Timo Werner dropped out for Hakim Ziyech, but later come on for the Moroccan with 12 minutes left on the clock.

Chelsea and Manchester United played out a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea and Manchester United played out a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge. (GETTY Images)

Jorginho and Marcos Alonso were not in the starting XI, while Tammy Abraham did not even make the matchday squad. Nevertheless, the most intense moment of the game came in the first half.

Fans unhappy with performance

Blues winger Callum Hudson-Odoi looked like he handled the ball inside his own box. The incident, involving him and Mason Greenwood, was referred to VAR, but was not adjudged to be a penalty.

Chelsea threw on Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner during the second half but the game did not see a goal from either side. And fans seemed to be frustrated with the result despite the club extending their unbeaten run.

Christian Pulisic was one of the better players for Chelsea against Manchester United. (GETTY Images)
Christian Pulisic was one of the better players for Chelsea against Manchester United. (GETTY Images)

Others were critical of a number of individual performances. But largely, the wastefulness in the opposition box caused the most unrest while the defence was praised as they kept a clean sheet at the other end.

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Following the draw, Chelsea are a point below West Ham in fourth. Up next is another challenging fixture against Liverpool.

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Chelsea stance on veteran star’s contract renewal revealed

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Chelsea want to offer Thiago Silva a new contract.

Chelsea want to offer a new contract to Thiago Silva

Italian journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Chelsea are willing to keep Thiago Silva at Stamford Bridge for at least one more year by extending his contract.

The Blues defender was signed on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last summer after he led his team to the UEFA Champions League final. He was initially offered a one-year deal at the club.

But that contract contains a clause whereby it can be extended by one more year. And, Chelsea are willing to activate it after the 36-year-old has impressed so far this season.

The talks are yet to begin but the club wants to open discussion with the player and his agent. Silva has appeared in 21 games for Chelsea in all competitions so far.

One more year for Silva?

The Brazil international has also held the captain’s armband on several occasions for the club. He is currently nursing an injury and would hence miss the game against Manchester United this Sunday.

Silva’s experience and leadership is visible on the pitch, and Chelsea look a far more secure side with him in the line-up. Chelsea have kept 9 league clean sheets out of the 17 games he has played in so far.

Thiago Silva joined Chelsea on a free transfer from PSG.
Thiago Silva joined Chelsea on a free transfer from PSG.

This is in stark contrast to the 2 clean sheets they have kept in the 8 Premier League games without him. It is, thus, no surprise that the club would want him to stay for a little longer. (h/t transfermarkt)

Silva has won trophies everywhere he has played and his winning mentality is just what the doctor would order for Chelsea. The veteran defender is still the captain of his international team, which shows his longevity.

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He would now be hoping to recover soon and spearhead Chelsea to a trophy this season.

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