Rio Ferdinand blames Chelsea star for Manchester City’s goal

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has questioned Kepa Arrizabalaga’s role in Kevin De Bruyne’s goal in Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.

Kepa is currently deputising for Chelsea’s no.1 goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who is currently on AFCON duty with Senegal.

Replays have shown Kepa took a small step to his right before De Bruyne made contact with the ball and was unable to transfer his weight in time after the City midfielder opted to aim for the opposite corner.

“What about the keeper?” said Ferdinand as he analysed De Bruyne’s goal against Chelsea.

“He takes one step to his right there. I think the goalkeepers union will probably try and protect him at some point but if we see that angle again he takes a step to his right.

“This is coming back to communication. With goalkeepers and defenders you have a conversation before the game. If there’s someone coming into particular areas, we know you’re going to stand that side and I’ll cover the other.

“If you don’t have those conversations that’s where the confusion lies. You take steps to cheat a little bit and that’s where you get caught out.”

Fellow BT Sport pundit Joleon Lescott agreed, adding: “He leaves that open and as much as we applauded him in the first half after that save which was vital, I think he deserves a slight bit of criticsm for that.

“I think he should be using Thiago Silva the same way Kevin De Bruyne is. If he gets it wrong on the other side of the goal and he reverses it then you go OK. The fact he’s tried to gamble.”

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