Chelsea dropped to eight in the Premier League after a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United at St. James Park. The blues are winless in their last 6 Premier League games and have two points from those matches.
The blues has also lost four matches in a row, three in the Premier League and one in the EFL Cup. England international Joe Willock gave the host the lead after latching a pass from Miguel Almiron.
However, Former England midfielder Owen Hargreaves has accused Kalidou Koulibaly and Lewis Hall of not doing their defensive duties well following the Newcastle goal. Owen Hargreaves has accused Kalidou Koulibaly of not closing in on Miguel Almiron and forcing the ball to his weaker foot and Lewis Hall for Ball watching.
What did Owen Hargreaves say?
The former Premier League midfielder said on Premier League Production: “It was a fabulous finish from Joe Willock. Almiron gets a run on Hall, he’s just ball-watching.
“You just think, Koulibaly, you got to know your player. Don’t let him inside on his left foot. Make him go to the right.
“There’s plenty of space of space in front of that Chelsea back-four. The midfield doesn’t get back.”
Meanwhile, Graham Potter has explained his decision for starting Lewis Hall against Newcastle United.
After impressing against Manchester City in the EFL, the 18-year-old was handed his first Premier League start following injuries to Raheem Sterling and Marc Cucurella.
He told SkySports: “You could see his quality against Man City.
“He’s calm under pressure. He can take the ball, he takes responsibility. He gets up and down the pitch, gives us good width he attacks the box when he can.
“Great attitude, good temperament so it’s exciting for him and I’m looking forward to seeing him play.”
After Chelsea’s fourth consecutive defeat against Newcastle United before the World Cup break, Graham Potter has admitted that his team is not in a great moment and that the World Cup break will be a good opportunity for them to reenergize themselves.
He added: “It’s been tough. We’re not in a great moment. We have to lick our wounds. We have a break now so we have to refocus, reenergize, and hopefully get some players back. It’s been an incredibly intense period.
“You have to accept the struggles you’ve had and then move forward. It’s a change of scenery, a change of focus and when everyone comes back we can start again.”
Chelsea goes to the World Cup break eight in the Premier League and eight points behind the top four places.