Read what Ashley Cole has to say about Christensen’s defending

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It was a bitter pill for Chelsea boss Frank Lampard to swallow as Chelsea were beaten 3-2 by London rivals West Ham on Wednesday night.

Chelsea had gone in front courtesy of a Willian penalty, but the Blues were pegged back with Tomas Soucek equalising for West Ham on the stroke of half-time. Chelsea suffered a setback as the Blues conceded again shortly after the break with Michail Antonio tapping home for West Ham.

Despite Willian’s stunning free-kick to level the scores, Yarmolenko scored a late goal yet again to give West Ham the three points.

Chelsea legend Ashley Cole was very  critical of Andreas Christensen’s defending in the run-up to the goal scored by Antonio and Cole says the Dane allowed himself to ball watch as Antonio snuck in behind to score.

“He’s got to recover and block that space,” Cole told Sky Sports.

“He recovers too late and he doesn’t see where Antonio is. Now he’s ball-watching. It’s a great ball and now it’s a tap-in.

“Whenever you recover to your goal you’ve got to have an open body shape, to be able to see the ball and to see the striker maybe out the corner of my eye but he did nothing. He just looked at the ball.

“He left so much space between the goalkeeper and the centre-half. It’s a great ball and for Antonio it’s a tap-in. There’s nothing Azpilicueta can do because he’s got a man on him as well, he can’t track that run.

“Christensen has to start realising the danger and the spaces before he just switches off for a second.”

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