Michael Owen reveals the two players to blame for Chelsea’s defeat to West Ham

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Michael Owen reveals the two players to blame for Chelsea’s defeat to West Ham

Chelsea shot themselves in the foot with a defeat to West Ham, as the Blues were beaten 3-2 by West Ham at the London Stadium in Saturday’s lunchtime kick off.

It was errors after errors for Chelsea, as Jorginho and Edouard Mendy combined for West Ham’s first goal.

The third goal was a fluke one as Mendy couldn’t detect the cross from Arthur Masuaku on time, and could only parry it into his own net.

Speaking after the game, Michael Owen was critical of Jorginho and Mendy’s performance, but heaped more blame on Mendy.

About West Ham’s winning goal, Owen told Premier League Productions: “When he first hit it I thought he just miss-kicked it and he tried to curl it. But on closer inspection it takes a slight deflection off Loftus-Cheek and obviously wrong foots the goalkeeper.

“It just goes in on the near post. Some people will blame the goalkeeper. I suppose you’ve got to say if a ball goes in and you’ve got that much time to see it then first priority is to keep the ball out of the net.

“I understand you’re probably creeping and anticipating a cross, getting in the right position but the bottom line is you’ve got to protect your goal at all times so you’ve got to apportion some blame to the keeper.”

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On the first-half incident which saw Mendy bring down Bowen after an awful backpass from Jorginho, who was also at fault in last weekend’s draw against Manchester United, Owen added: “Only he (Jorginho) will know (what he was thinking).

“We could see he was right in the middle of our screen as it happened and he sold his goalkeeper short.

“The goalkeeper I think is expecting Bowen to come in and tackle him which is why he’s almost protecting the ball and takes a touch off his back foot.

“When he doesn’t feel that contact he’s almost got it stuck under his foot now. He tries to take it away from goal and Bowen reads it and it’s an inevitable when he brought him down. It’s a catalogue of errors.”

Chelsea shot themselves in the foot with a defeat to West Ham, as the Blues were beaten 3-2 by West Ham at the London Stadium in Saturday’s lunchtime kick off.

It was errors after errors for Chelsea, as Jorginho and Edouard Mendy combined for West Ham’s first goal.

The third goal was a fluke one as Mendy couldn’t detect the cross from Arthur Masuaku on time, and could only parry it into his own net.

Speaking after the game, Michael Owen was critical of Jorginho and Mendy’s performance, but heaped more blame on Mendy.

About West Ham’s winning goal, Owen told Premier League Productions: “When he first hit it I thought he just miss-kicked it and he tried to curl it. But on closer inspection it takes a slight deflection off Loftus-Cheek and obviously wrong foots the goalkeeper.

“It just goes in on the near post. Some people will blame the goalkeeper. I suppose you’ve got to say if a ball goes in and you’ve got that much time to see it then first priority is to keep the ball out of the net.

“I understand you’re probably creeping and anticipating a cross, getting in the right position but the bottom line is you’ve got to protect your goal at all times so you’ve got to apportion some blame to the keeper.”

On the first-half incident which saw Mendy bring down Bowen after an ill-advised backpass from Jorginho, who was also at fault in last weekend’s draw against Manchester United, Owen added: “Only he (Jorginho) will know (what he was thinking).

“We could see he was right in the middle of our screen as it happened and he sold his goalkeeper short.

“The goalkeeper I think is expecting Bowen to come in and tackle him which is why he’s almost protecting the ball and takes a touch off his back foot.

“When he doesn’t feel that contact he’s almost got it stuck under his foot now. He tries to take it away from goal and Bowen reads it and it’s an inevitable when he brought him down. It’s a catalogue of errors.”

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