Paul Scholes appears to backtrack on Chelsea opinion less than a week later

Paul Scholes appears to have performed a U-turn regarding his opinion on the Chelsea defence, something which is totally justified. 

Scholes raised a few eyebrows last week when comments emerged of him talking about the Blues backline.

“I also don’t think you’re great defensively… I think Chelsea are probably the weakest out of the top four defensively,” Scholes told Sky Sports’ The Overlap (15 October). 

These comments seemed bizarre given how successful the Chelsea backline has been since Thomas Tuchel took charge as manager at Stamford Bridge. 

Of course, so many individuals in the squad have stepped up their game to another level. Tuchel is the mastermind behind the success, though, because of his switch to a back-three system. 

Scholes has backtracked with his comments about the Chelsea defence after their 4-0 victory last night against Malmo in the Champions League group stages. 

“I was a little bit worried about them defensively but you look at their record it’s quite good actually. I think they’ll have to defend well because I can’t see them scoring bundles of goals in the Premier League,” Scholes said on BT Sport 2 (11:28pm, 20 October). 

In fairness, pundits are quizzed about teams non-stop, so this isn’t a bashing of Scholes. It’s great to see he’s seen the light now over how formidable this Chelsea defence really is.

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Paul Scholes still raises one valid Chelsea point

Scholes has held his hands up to a big error. However, you’ve got to agree with him when discussing the attack at Stamford Bridge. 

There is still concern about Chelsea scoring goals, especially after Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku were both forced off injury last night during the first half. 

They did smash four past a weak opponent in Malmo, but they’re perhaps vulnerable at the top end of the pitch.

Chelsea do a great job spreading out goals across the entire squad, but it’s up to the forward players to start posting double figures in the goal chart. 

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.