Chelsea were left frustrated after throwing away a 2-0 lead against Sheffield United at the weekend, and some fans took to Social Media to vent their frustrations at one of the most senior players at Stamford Bridge.
After Tammy Abraham had put Chelsea 2-0 up, the game looked finished by half-time, but goals from Callum Robertson and an 89th-minute own goal from Kurt Zouma meant Chelsea had to share the points, to the delight of the travelling Sheffield United fans.
After the match, there were some interesting tweets from Chelsea fans, with many blaming Cesar Azpilicueta for the dropped points, and not for the first time this season. The club captain has been one of the best defenders in the Premier League for a few years now, but is his age catching up with him? Or is he being singled out for unfair criticism?
Azpilicueta ruined again. They tried to say this man was world class. Nothing but a system player, given a career by Mourinho & Conte.
— Un Prophète (@mediocentr0) August 31, 2019
Our right hand side is finished.
Azpilicueta needs to be dropped because he is just the main reason we've conceded so many, no idea what Willian does apart from run around with no end product.
Hudson-Odoi and Reece James ??
— . (@Chelsea_Based1) August 31, 2019
Azpilicueta was known as one of the best defensive fullback in the league , he has always been average going forward and now that he can’t defend there’s no need to be playing for us again not talk about starting. With all due respect.
— Ali ?? (@TheBeardedRauI) August 31, 2019
Another game, another horrendous Azpilicueta mistake resulting in a goal for the opposition.
Sad to see how a once great defender has been so poor to start off the season. Safe to say that if things don’t change, the Chelsea captain should be benched once Reece James is fit. https://t.co/Into3Ql6vc
— EiF (@EiFSoccer) August 31, 2019
It is pretty clear amongst a few Chelsea fans, that their captain isn’t the player he once was and they’re calling for him to be dropped from the starting line-up. After the international break Chelsea Wolves away from home before getting their Champions League campaign underway against Valencia.
Azpilicueta was beaten twice, lets both crosses into the box and we concede 2 goals from it.
If Reece James was playing that doesn't happen and we take all 3 points today.
— Mitchell (@CFC_Mitchell) August 31, 2019
It is a real shame to see the Chelsea fans turn on Azpilicueta, but if he was dropped by Frank Lampard, who would replace him in the team? Rudiger is currently injured so Zouma is partnering Tommori in central defence, with Azpilicueta in his usual right-back slot. However, the fans are calling for youngster Reece James to get a chance in the first team when he returns to the team.
Lampard has already put his faith in Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham this season, so there is no reason to believe that another youngster won’t be given the chance to impress if their current club captain doesn’t improve.
This has nothing to do with overrating Reece James or underrating him. He simply can't do any worse than Azpilicueta. It's reached that stage.
— َ (@J5Edition) August 31, 2019
Dear Reece James,
Hurry up & get fit sonny
— Mark Worrall (@gate17marco) August 31, 2019
Cant wait until Reece James is back. As painful as it is Azpi has become a huge weakness in our team. United, Norwich and Sheffield all attacked down Azpi´s side to get an advantage. He doesn't offer much offensively either.
Finally a right back that can cross ? pic.twitter.com/hTGtGLUU5h
— Benjamin Bjørnstad ?? (@SimplyTheBridge) September 2, 2019