Rio Ferdinand has torn into the performance of Chelsea’s backline in their 4-1 loss to Bayern Munich, branding their display as verging on ‘comical’.
The Blues endured a tough night against the German champions as they attempted to overcome a 3-0 deficit from the first leg at Stamford Bridge back in February.
Bayern exercised their attacking power, pulling Chelsea’s midfield and defence apart, and it took just 10 minutes for them to go a goal ahead as Robert Lewandowski converted from the penalty spot after being hauled down in the box by Willy Caballero.
Manchester United legend Ferdinand was particularly enraged with Andreas Christensen’s positional awareness in the lead up to the spot-kick for the first goal.
‘Look at his position, he drifts into the middle of the pitch, he goes away from the man that’s got 50-plus goals in the season, zero awareness,’ Ferdinand told BT Sport.
‘This is top level, it’s not easy, but if you’re not aware in these situations of who you’re playing against and the danger men on the pitch you get punished.’
Things got worse when Ivan Perisic found himself in plenty of space in the box and beat Caballero at his near post to make it 2-0.
Calum Hudson-Odoi had a long-range goal ruled out for offside, before Tammy Abraham hit the back of the net just before half-time.
The goal that put an end to the contest was a volley from substitute Corentin Tolisso in the 76th minute, and Ferdinand was appalled by the lack of communication in Chelsea’s backline.
‘The ball is wide, if you do not communicate and talk and help each other in the box, you will be punished,’ he added.
‘Not one of these players, I swear to you has spoken, has said a word, muttered anything to the other to say, ‘Listen, man on your shoulder, drop back’.
‘The left-back there, Emerson, he has to be the one talking to the likes of Kurt Zouma.
‘You’re governed by your full-back there, the person on the opposite side of the pitch, Emerson, he’s the guy that should be communicating and the guys on the edge of the box. They can see everything there, but they don’t.
‘You don’t see one player’s head turn until the ball’s gone past them. The ball’s gone past the two centre-backs and they’re standing there startled. It’s comical almost.
‘You get a game as a manager that pushes home the narrative that we do need to reinforce in them areas, not just as players, but as characters, as people that can communicate.
‘Sometimes it’s not just about ability, it’s about someone, a man that can come in and say, ‘You move here, you get there’.’
Robert Lewandowski got Bayern’s fourth goal and his second of the game as Chelsea crashed out of the competition.
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