Souness slams one Chelsea player for ‘wandering’ in defeat
Graeme Souness has criticised Chelsea playmaker Hakim Ziyech for failing to track back during their 3-1 loss to Manchester City on Sunday.
Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne fired City into a 3-0 lead in just 35 minutes, with Callum Hudson-Odoi bagging a late consolation for the hosts.
Chelsea have now suffered four defeats in their last six league matches with Frank Lampard’s men slipping down to eighth in the Premier League table.
OPINION: 16 Conclusions: Chelsea 1-3 Manchester City
For De Bruyne’s goal, Ziyech was seen wandering around the middle of the pitch as City counter-attacked and scored.
Souness said on Sky Sports: “Just watch Ziyech. He wanders in, watch him! Big players don’t act like that. He needs to sprint back as fast as he can.
“They don’t stand and watch the game like this. “It’s not my problem, it’s someone else’s problem.” I’m not saying he’s going to race back and make the difference but he needs to get back. Kevin de Bruyne has followed up, he still wants to be part of it.
“I’m sure when Frank sees that he will point it out to Ziyech that he just cannot do that.”
Souness added: “He wasn’t bothered. He didn’t do the basics. He pretends he slips. What does that say about me as a player? I’m not saying he would have prevented the goal but you never know. That must be happening in training and as a manager you have to point it out.
“In proper teams, that never happens. We’re now in January, he’s been then since the summer. That can’t happen in the big leagues.”