Frank Leboeuf critical of two Chelsea players despite FA Cup win - The Chelsea Chronicle

Frank Leboeuf critical of two Chelsea players despite FA Cup win

Frank Leboeuf delivered a negative verdict on Chelsea duo Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic following their performances on Thursday night.

Thomas Tuchel’s side set up an FA Cup quarter-final tie with Sheffield United by winning 1-0 away to Championship outfit Barnsley last night.

Tammy Abraham, who is the Blues top scorer this season in all competitions (12), netted the winner in the second-half with a close-range finish inside the penalty box. 

It was a night where Tuchel handed out opportunities to many individuals within his squad by making wholesale changes to the XI, with plenty wasting that chance to really catch his eye. 

Leboeuf was particularly unimpressed with attackers Ziyech and Pulisic, who were were both substituted off in the second period. 

“Ziyech was completely all over the place. Pulisic wasn’t there. I don’t think those players know how to play in those kind of [conditions]… Still lots of work to do maybe in terms of confidence up front and creating chances,”  Leboeuf told ESPN.

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With Abraham leading the line, Chelsea duo Ziyech and Pulisic started in the two creative attacking positions just behind him.

Ziyech, 27, looked innocuous during the game, as his set-pieces were poor and he couldn’t find any rhythm.

Meanwhile, 22-year-old speedster Pulisic was another player on the pitch that couldn’t provide a spark in the attacking third.

If Tuchel wants to continue with two attackers behind one striker, it looks like Timo Werner, Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi are frontrunners to start in those forward positions.

Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.