Jason Cundy thinks Chelsea’s Marc Cucurella got absolutely destroyed in the weekend’s Premier League game against Brighton.
Cucurella, along with his manager Graham Potter, endured a very unhappy return to the Amex Stadium on Saturday.
The Blues suffered a crushing 4-1 defeat away to Brighton, so drop down to sixth in the league table.
Cucurella was Brighton’s player of the year last season, but he received plenty of stick from the home crowd down on the South Coast.
The 24-year-old defender, who can alternate between centre-half and left wing-back, had a pretty tough experience against his former side as the left-sided centre-back.
The Athletic claims Potter has privately assured Cucurella that he does trust him, though.
Cucurella against Brighton
TalkSPORT pundit Cundy says that Cucurella was ripped apart by Brighton’s Solly March a few days ago.
“Cucurella on the left of a three is clearly not working….I saw him play at Stamford Bridge last season. He was the best player on the pitch, playing left of a three. Outstanding. But Solly March had him on toast at the weekend, running in behind,” Cundy told talkSPORT.
It’s obvious Chelsea’s £60million defender has had a tough start to life at Stamford Bridge, with his hefty price tag only magnifying his performances.
Cucurella has regularly been substituted off during recent games, but he’s fortunate that he’s working with a manager who knows just how good he can be.
Some cracks have started to appear in Chelsea’s defence recently after a strong start under Potter, which is a big concern when you look at the fixtures coming up before the World Cup.
There is a dead rubber tomorrow in the Champions League against Dinamo Zagreb, with top spot in the group already secured.
However, the Blues then face Arsenal and Newcastle United in the Premier League, as well as Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.
If Potter’s side defend like they did against Brighton, it’s going to be tough viewing for supporters.
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