'Weakest in possession': Martin Keown noticed Brighton target one Chelsea player on the ball last night

Martin Keown suggested last night that Brighton were targeting Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger whenever he was on the ball.

Chelsea’s poor run of form continued on Tuesday evening after being held to a 1-1 draw away to Brighton in the Premier League.

Unfortunately, Hakim Ziyech’s first-half opener was cancelled out by Adam Webster’s header in the second period.

Thomas Tuchel’s Blues side are now being dragged into the top four race, despite the fact they were in the thick of the Premier League title race only a few weeks ago.

Pundit Keown thinks Brighton were targeting Rudiger last night.

In fairness, the 28-year-old centre-back lined up in a back four rather than Chelsea’s common back three system.

It may have been a case where the German getting on the ball triggered a press from opponents Brighton, but he’s definitely not a weak point in possession that handled himself well enough.

“Brighton make sure Rudiger gets the ball. He’s the player they feel is maybe the weakest in possession and they close him down,” Keown told BT Sport 1 (8:45pm, 18 January).

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Rudiger one of few Chelsea players to get pass marks

Sadly, most of the Chelsea players walking off the pitch last night against Brighton should be disappointed with their contribution.

Rudiger, along with centre-back partner Thiago Silva, didn’t do too much wrong at the Amex Stadium.

Rudiger’s game is centred around aggression and power with his defending, but he’s got plenty of ball-playing qualities, too.

Yes, Brighton were always more likely to go after him over Brazilian technician Silva. It’s definitely not an area that Rudiger should be worried about, though.

The invincibility around the Chelsea backline has definitely disappeared in recent months, but most of the questions need to fired at the team’s offensive players.

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