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Chelsea legend Eidur Gudjohnsen has slammed Ross Barkley’s decision to take his side’s penalty – and miss it – in Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Valencia. Gudjohnsen believes Azpilicueta’s decision was “disrespectful” towards his team-mates.
Chelsea were awarded a spot-kick in the dying minutes of the game after Fikayo Tomori’s header from a set-piece struck the hand of Daniel Wass, and a VAR decision ruled a penalty in Chelsea’s favour.
Surprisingly, Barkley took the ball ahead of Jorginho and Willian – Chelsea’s regular penalty takers – but his effort clipped the bar before going over.
Former Chelsea striker Gudjohnsen believes Barkley was disrespectful to his teammates.
“It’s almost disrespectful to your team-mates to do something like what Ross Barkley did this evening,” Gudjohnsen said on BT Sport.
“I’m pretty sure it’s clear who is the penalty taker before the game.
“Just to create all the fuss, the tension between your team-mates and yourself and then go on to miss the penalty, you just put yourself under so much more pressure than actually just taking a penalty.”
Gudjohnsen also slammed Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta for not intervening in the situation.
“If you’re the manager in a situation like this,” he went on, “where you’ve got one, two, three, four players standing over the ball, and there is a question on who is going to take the penalty, don’t you want your captain to step in and say, ‘Listen, it’s been decided before the game who is the penalty taker’?
“Show that authority as the captain to make the decision for everyone who’s on the pitch.”