'We spoke': Andreas Christensen shares what Chelsea's players were saying in the dressing room after Arsenal defeat
Andreas Christensen revealed that he and his fellow Chelsea comrades discussed their shoddy defensive record following last night’s loss to Arsenal.
As quoted by the club website, Christensen explained that the topic of conceding goals came up in the dressing room after allowing the Gunners to score four times.
Dreadful display from Chelsea
Thomas Tuchel’s men suffered their second successive Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge yesterday, a third across all competitions.
In the two league fixtures, they have let their opponents help themselves to four goals.
Brentford defeated the European champions 4-1, before Arsenal travelled back across the capital with a 4-2 victory.
Mikel Arteta’s men were certainly aided by some questionable defending from the boys in blue.
Christensen was culpable for the opener, attempting a weak pass to Edouard Mendy that Eddie Nketiah gratefully gobbled up.
The Danish international didn’t have much time to redeem his mistake, as Tuchel dragged him off at half-time.
This decision didn’t really improve Chelsea’s rearguard that much at all.
Despite Thiago Silva entering the fray, the Blues gifted Arsenal two goals in the second half, having already opened their gates to Emile Smith Rowe just before the 30-minute mark.
Failure to clear their lines on several occasions set-up Nketiah for his second of the evening.
Cesar Azpilicueta then foolishly dragged down Bukayo Saka in the box, presenting the England international a chance to dispatch from the spot.
He duly obliged.
No hiding from the facts
In general, it was an uncharacteristic performance from the Champions League holders, although such displays have begun to slip into the system all too regularly recently.
“Since Thomas arrived at the club, we’ve always been strong defensively,” said Christensen after the match.
“That’s been our base to work from and then knowing that our quality up front guarantees goals.
“Being solid at the back has always been a priority and recently, it’s been kind of the opposite.
“We spoke about it in the dressing room, because we’ve now conceded 10 goals in our last three home games and that’s nowhere near good enough.”
Sorry to correct you, Andreas, but it’s actually 11 goals conceded in the last three home games.
Karim Benzema’s hattrick on London soil ensured Real Madrid returned to Spain with the win from the first leg of their European encounter against Chelsea.
To think the Blues only conceded four goals in their first nine home games of the campaign says all you need to know about the squad’s current deficiencies.
Tuchel must turn this rotten run around quickly if he has any ambitions of challenging for the league title next season.