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Chelsea legend Frank Leboeuf has blamed Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva for their role in the build-up to Everton’s goal in Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Blues goalkeeper Mendy clattered into Dominic Calvert-Lewin to give away a spot-kick in the first half, which Gylfi Sigurdsson duly converted.
Although Mendy was the one who conceded the spot-kick, Leboeuf feels Silva should have dealt with Jordan Pickford’s long ball up the pitch in the build-up.
“I think Chelsea did well in the middle of the park in terms of possession of the ball but they were bad defensively,” the former Blues defender told ESPN FC.
“We saw that penalty that Mendy conceded but I think I will put Thiago Silva guilty for the penalty as well because he didn’t attack the ball, he was hesitating, he thought that Mendy would go out which he did but too late.
“Then offensively with the last pass or one before the last they weren’t very accurate.
“I was very in a way upset with the way Chelsea played because it reminded me the way we were playing with Chelsea at the time I was at the club where we didn’t know the fighting spirit.
“And they faced a fantastic Everton fighting spirit, they knew maybe technically they were not as good as Chelsea but they had the fighting spirit, the tactics from the Italian expert [Carlo Ancelotti] and they did everything they had to do to avoid any kind of problems.
“Of course, Chelsea hit the bar and the post twice. But they didn’t deserve to win Chelsea and they could’ve played two hours without scoring a goal.”