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Written by Martin Graham | August 22 2022
Edward Mendy had a day to forget in goal for Chelsea as he awarded Leeds an uncharacteristic foul as the Blues suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat. Thomas Tuchel was frustrated by the mistake that put the Blues behind.
Chelsea were humiliated when they faced Leeds United on Sunday afternoon. The loss is another setback for the Blues who are looking to challenge the league this season.
Football has changed over the years with many roles redefining, but nonetheless there are problems with it. New Ages managers have strange designations such as a defender who plays the ball and a goalkeeper who plays the ball. Redefining roles has seen some disastrous results.
Starting attacks from behind caused another casualty as Chelsea lost to Leeds United this weekend and fell to the bottom of the table.
Mendy’s mistake costs Chelsea at Elland Road
Once upon a time, goalkeepers under pressure were supposed to smooth the ball up front, but the architects of modern football expect goalkeepers to start attacking from their positions. The inability of goalkeepers to play this way has cost some of them dearly.
On Sunday, Thomas Tuchel was frustrated that Edward Mendy was the victim of playing from behind, resulting in a goal that could have been avoided. Chelsea lost the match 3-0, but the initial error left Tuchel frustrated.
Mendy tried to dribble Brenden Aaronson to start an attack but saw the attacker steal the ball from him on the edge of the six-yard box and slot it into the empty net. The 33rd minute goal destabilized the Blues, and they failed to recover from the shock of the first half. Rodrygo and Jack Harrison compounded their problems with two more goals to give Leeds United the three points.
Things went from bad to worse as Kalidou Koulibaly was ordered to walk after receiving his second yellow card. I completed the red card this afternoon to forget Chelsea.
The last thing Thomas Tuchel expected was to lose more points after losing with Tottenham last week. The Blues saw Spurs score a late goal to claim a share of the spoils on another frustrating afternoon for Chelsea.
Speaking about Mindy’s incident, Tuchel couldn’t hide his frustration. The German tactician said there was no need to talk about the incident because it was blatant. He said Mendy knew himself, and it was a mistake that had nothing to do with protection or nothing to do with protection.
Tuchel admitted that people make mistakes, but it was costed by Mendy at a crucial point in the match. The German also felt that he had given them a mountain to climb and that his goalkeeper was the most disappointed as his mistake cost the team all three points.
In his defense of Mendy, former goalkeeper Shay Given told Sky Sports that defenders had their share of the blame for not hitting positions to receive the ball from the goalkeeper. Despite the defenders’ poor defensive form, Shay Given agrees that it was a huge mistake.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are still on the tail of Wesley Fofana and play Leicester City in their next Premier League match on Saturday. The Blues have four points from three matches in the Premier League.