'Strange to see': BBC pundit can't believe what he saw from Chelsea in their last game

Mark Lawrenson has described Chelsea’s latest defensive performance as “strange” after losing to Arsenal on Wednesday night.

The Blues suffered another home defeat earlier this week, as Arsenal left Stamford Bridge with a 4-2 victory and three Premier League points.

Thomas Tuchel’s side completely collapsed to ship even more goals during a really tough period for the defence. In fact, they’ve now conceded 11 goals in their last three home matches across all competitions.

It was a case of Arsenal punishing individual errors from numerous Chelsea players, so you can expect manager Tuchel to be drilling into the group on the training ground.

For certain, they’ll need to get their act together for upcoming matches against West Ham and Manchester United.

BBC pundit Lawrenson has been left baffled by the Blues backline.

“Chelsea were extremely vulnerable at the back against Arsenal on Wednesday, which was strange to see,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“Afterwards, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel blamed the pitch for some awkward bounces, but I don’t buy that. That might have been an excuse in the 1970s or 1980s because surfaces could be terrible then – but not now.”

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Defensive record

Chelsea’s defensive excellence has abandoned them recently, but you’d expect them to rediscover their form soon enough.

Tuchel’s side have conceded just 27 league goals so far this season, with the top two of Manchester City and Liverpool the only teams in the division to concede less.

Ideally, Tuchel will nail down his preferred defensive combination well in advance of next month’s FA Cup final against Liverpool.

If fit, Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger are nailed-on starters are two of the back three.

The big question mark is over which third centre-back joins them, whether that’s Cesar Azpilicueta, Reece James, Andreas Christensen or Trevoh Chalobah.

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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.