Lebouef highlights Thiago Silva's costly error in Chelsea's loss to Everton
Frank Leboeuf said Thiago Silva should shoulder some of the blame for the penalty incident as Everton ended Chelsea’s unbeaten run on Saturday.
It was a rather uncharacteristic error from Edouard Mendy, who has been a saviour for the Blues since his arrival.
The goalkeeper rushed forward in an attempt to clear, only to clatter Dominic Calvert-Lewin who was quicker to the ball.
While it was an obvious mistake from Mendy, Leboeuf also pointed his finger at Silva.
He said the Brazilian misjudged the situation and allowed the Everton striker to be in a very dangerous position in the first place.
“I think Chelsea did well in the middle of the park in terms of possession,” the former Blues defender told ESPN FC.
“But they were bad defensively.
“We saw the penalty that Mendy conceded but I would [say] Thiago Silva is guilty for the penalty as well.
“Because he didn’t attack the ball, he was hesitating because he thought Mendy would go out – which he did but [it was] too late.”
Chelsea were toothless up front
Leboeuf also believes that Chelsea clearly lost in terms of fighting spirit to Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
“They [Everton] knew maybe technically they weren’t as good as Chelsea, but they had the fighting spirit and the tactic from the Italian expert,” he added.
“They did everything they had to do to avoid any kind of problems.
“Chelsea didn’t deserve to win and they could have played two hours without scoring a goal.”
As Leboeuf pointed out, Chelsea dominated the game with 72% possession of the ball but couldn’t capitalise their advantage.
Chelsea registered just three shots on target (10 shots in total) while Everton had four on target (nine shots in total).