Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness slam Chelsea defender for mistake in Aston Villa goal

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Chelsea might have beaten Aston Villa 2-1 at the Villa Park on Sunday evening, but it wasn’t an easy victory for the Blues who had to come back from a goal down.

Aston Villa defender Kortney Hause beat Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from close-range after an inviting cross from Douglas Luiz fell into his path, and Blues defender Andreas Christensen was blamed for his inability to spot danger.

Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness slammed Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen for his part in Aston Villa’s opener for their goal.

“I don’t think he does well enough,” Redknapp told Sky Sports. “He’s walking back, if he sprints back and tries to make a challenge I think he clears that ball.

“Look at his position. As a centre back you’ve got to get back, sprint and sense the danger. Can you get the block? Can you defend?

“That’s what you need to see. John Terry was the best at it but Christensen just doesn’t sense the danger.”

Speaking at half-time, Souness added: “Aston Villa have been on the back foot from start to finish.

“It’s a great ball and a nightmare for defenders. As soon as the ball goes over Christensen’s head he has to get back in the game, get back goal-side but he doesn’t.

“He was one step away from getting a challenge in at the end.”

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