'No excuse': Nevin not impressed with Chelsea star's behaviour vs Leeds

Blues legend Pat Nevin has criticised Kalidou Koulibaly’s “bizarre” display in Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat to Leeds United on Sunday.

The Blues suffered their first defeat of the season after a poor performance at Elland Road.

Thomas Tuchel’s men still had more possession of the ball, but Leeds clearly created better goalscoring opportunities.

It got even worse for Chelsea as new signing Kalidou Koulibaly was shown a second yellow card towards the end of the game which means he will serve a suspension in the next game.

The Senegal international actually did pretty well overall, but whenever a player got past him, his first instinct was to hold the opponent despite having plenty of teammates behind him.

Nevin was not too happy to see these unnecessary mistakes from such an experienced defender.

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“Kalidou Koulibaly has absolutely no excuse,” the former Blues winger told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“That is bizarre behaviour from a defender.”

Koulibaly’s absence in the next game against Leicester City could spell trouble for Tuchel, who already has limited defensive options at his disposal.

Marc Cucurella, who started as a left wing-back in this game, is likely the obvious alternative to play the left centre-back role.

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“Very few people would have predicted this,” Nevin added.

“A poor performance from Chelsea but a huge result for Leeds united, the work rate and hunger was there all the way through.”

Chelsea have now collected just four points after three games in the Premier League this term.

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Gerry is a Chelsea supporter who has more than five years of experience in online publishing. He started out writing for Chelsea fan blogs during his high school years, before writing for several local sport news outlets. After graduating in NCTJ-accredited sports journalism MA at the University of Sunderland, he has worked as a freelance writer for The Chelsea Chronicle since 2020. He is a big fan of football statistics and strongly believes that sooner or later, the xG Gods always catch up. He is also a proud member of Michael Ballack fan club.