Chelsea assistant coach, Gianfranco Zola has declared that two defenders were not at their best in the midweek Carabo cup match against Derby County.
The former Chelsea player who was this season appointed assistant manager by Maurizio Sarri was not shy to call out two players that he believed were frail in midweek.
Zola singled out Cahill and Christensen for criticism in a sloppy defence that conceded two goals against a championship side.
“I didn’t mean the defenders didn’t defend well. Everyone has to participate in the defensive phase. Some things didn’t work,” he was quoted as saying via Evening Standard.
“I thought Gary and Christensen could have done better in the first half. Normally their distribution is better than tonight. That’s the complaint. But we’ll go through this.”
Chelsea scored in the first six minutes through an own goal and Derby County managed by former Chelsea midfield legend Frank Lampard thereafter equalized.
Shortly after, another own goal was conceded by Derby County and amends were made with another equalizer.
Happily for Chelsea fans, Cesc Fabregas ensured that the giant killing syndrome most lower teams are known for was put under check by scoring the winning goal.
However, Zola wasn’t too big on the winning because he thought Cahill and Christensen can do more to ensure an all round solidity at the back.
Anyways, former blues captain Garry Cahill went on to complete the match while Christensen was withdrawn in the second half.
The duo who have been linked to other clubs have had to be content with a place on the bench since the beginning of the season.