Jamie Carragher: Chelsea’s problem is mental; they collapsed under seconds

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Chelsea were well beaten 3-1 by Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The game could easily have been different after a fine Chelsea start in the opening ten minutes of the encounter. However, the team collapsed after Kevin De Bruyne missed a good chance early in the first-half and City went on a scoring galore.

Sky Sports pundit and Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher analysed Chelsea’s performance and highlighted a period of just under five minutes of the first half where Chelsea collapsed and revealed that Chelsea’s problems could be a mental one.

“Between the two goals, it was four minutes and 50 seconds, Chelsea made six passes in that time, City made 50,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“Two of the passes were from the ‘keeper. So, in that moment of four minutes and 50 seconds, they were completely gone mentally. The game was gone then.

“Chelsea were never going to get back in that game then, City could have scored more. It just shows you where Chelsea are at the moment – how fragile they are – after making such a good start, and they just seemed to go when [Kevin] De Bruyne had that chance and that shows you what can happen in a split second of the game.

“It was really worrying, just analysing that time frame for Chelsea.”

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