Chelsea suffered a frustrating away defeat against Manchester City – and some of the club’s fans were extremely harsh with their criticism of defender Emerson Palmieri.
The Blues let an early lead slip to suffer a 2-1 loss against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
N’Golo Kante deservedly put Chelsea ahead with his tidy finish, as they were rewarded for their bravery on the ball and showed they can go toe-to-toe with Manchester City.
But defensive problems were once again an issue and the defeat means Frank Lampard’s side end the day fourth in the Premier League table.
Kevin De Bruyne’s deflected shot drew Manchester City level and Riyad Mahrez scored the winner before half-time.
Despite the brilliance of Mahrez’s left-footed finish, from a Chelsea perspective it may have been avoidable and left-back Emerson allowed him to cut inside far too easily.
Emerson was substituted off in the second-half after a difficult evening at the Etihad and has struggled at times in the big fixtures.
There are now serious question marks over who the first-choice left-back is and the 25-year-old may now have a serious job on his hands.
Marcos Alonso is one potential option that will want to push him for a starting position, while captain Cesar Azpilicueta can also move over to left-back.
Lampard certainly has a big decision to make over his full-backs and it’s a hot topic being discussed with supporters.
Here are some Blues fans on Emerson:
Emerson not good enough today. Provided no threat going forward really and wasn’t that great defensively. Need to be in the market for a LB to get better quality and provide competition
— CFC Blue Ultras (@CFCbluepride) November 23, 2019
Won’t abuse a player but with my limited knowledge I’ll critique them. Can’t believe Emerson hasn’t learned anything from last seasons trip to Anfield. Salah a left footed player allowed to come inside on his good foot, result a goal. Today Mahrez & the same again, very poor.
— Robert CFC 1963 (@RdmGough) November 23, 2019
We thought Alonso is slow and poor at defending and clamored for Emerson from last season but his performances have been horrible in the big games. Shocking. #cfc
— Trumah Bayel (@gudrichie) November 23, 2019
– Emerson was terrible.
– Reece James has to start from now onwards.
– Tammy’s all round game is underrated.
– Batshuayi was useless. Should have brought on Giroud.
– Pulisic didn’t look fit. Lampard rushing players back again is he?
– Kanté, Tammy, Willian, Kovačić 👊🏾
— H£NRY (@CFCHenryy) November 23, 2019
I think this game should bury the notion that Emerson is the first choice left back. #CFC
— Leonard Iancu (@tomis2) November 23, 2019
— Paul W (@MisterpaulW) November 23, 2019
Emerson is all over the shop here!!!!! Mahrez making him look semi pro!
— Carl Jackson (@jacko_cfc) November 23, 2019
Emerson has been poor (not ready!).. #CFC
— Askar (@Ahmed_A_Askar) November 23, 2019