Glenn Hoddle believes Chelsea were fortunate to escape with a 1-0 victory over Slavia Prague on Thursday night.
The Blues took advantage of their Europa League quarter-final tie with a vital away goal in the first leg in Czech Republic.
Marcos Alonso’s late header proved the difference between the two teams, but the Premier League team were asked several questions by Slavia Prague and were perhaps lucky not to concede.
Maurizio Sarri’s team looked nowhere near their best as seven changes to the team took its tole, but vitally it’s now four win across all competitions in a row.
Ex-Blues midfielder Hoddle feels Chelsea rode their luck on Thursday, while he also singled out attacker Pedro for a poor display and questioned his mentality.
“There is Pedro again, he wasn’t there all night mentally. I don’t think this team were there mentally all evening, they’ve got away with it,” Hoddle said on BT Sport 3 during the televised coverage (22:00, 11 April).
“You can’t give any team that kind of space, they didn’t have leadership tonight. It was a poor performance from Chelsea and they have got away with it.”
Chelsea simply weren’t at the races for large spells and it was only Willian who looked like a creative force during the game, as he assisted the goal with his cross and also struck the woodwork.
Pedro failed to make the most of his spot in the starting XI and was substituted off in the second-half for talisman Eden Hazard.
The 31-year-old asked no questions of Slavia Prague defensively and it was a disappointing outing for the Spanish winger.