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Arsene Wenger slams Chelsea trio Zouma, Azpilicueta, and Reece James after Southampton draw



Thomas Tuchel’s winning run as Chelsea manager stalled after his side drew 1-1 away from home against Southampton in the Premier League.

They had 71% possession but failed to create any clear-cut chances. Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger criticized few Chelsea players after this draw.

Their first-half performance was a thing of real concern for Tuchel. His side did not create any quality chances. And they also conceded a very cheap goal. Nathan Redmond split the Blues’ defence with a pin-point ball and Liverpool loanee Takumi Minamino slotted his shot past Edouard Mendy.

Arsenal legendary manager Arsene Wenger criticized Chelsea’s defence, as they failed to stop Minamino from scoring. He singled out Kurt Zouma, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Reece James for Southampton’s goal in the first half.

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The Blues did improve in the second half, getting the equalizer from Mason Mount. The Englishman was fouled in the penalty area by Danny Ings and Mount converted the resulting spot-kick. But from there, Chelsea failed to threaten Southampton’s defence and had to settle for a draw. The draw meant that Tuchel’s side remained fourth in the Premier League table.

Art of bad defending – Wenger on Chelsea draw

Arsene Wenger said that Chelsea defence’s was an ‘art of bad defending’ for Southampton’s goal. The Saint’s capitalized on some shocking defending from the Blues to open the scoring.

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Wenger expressed his views after the game. He told beIN SPORTS:

Wenger criticized Chelsea’s defence for Southampton’s goal. Photo: Daily Express

“I liked it very much because Redmond gave a great ball for Minamino but what is very interesting for the strikers to watch is the number of times Minamino lifts his head to see where the keeper is. And I think you see twice clearly that he lifts his head and in a that situation he is composed, despite the fact Southampton are under huge pressure.”

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“This guy is an artist in his mind but I would say it was as well an art of bad defending from Chelsea. 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.”


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