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Desailly launches verbal attack on Chelsea squad

Having hammered Aston Villa 7-1 last time out, Chelsea go into this weekend’s crucial clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford just one point behind the league leaders and very much in the hunt for the Premier League title. Chelsea’s Premier League odds certainly suggest they are in with a great chance of glory.

This would suggest Carlo Ancelotti’s men have performed well in the league this season and, despite the occasional blip, can be happy with their form and the position they find themselves in.
Well, not according to one former Chelsea defender. Marcel Desailly – who is still trying to make his name as a pundit – has criticised the set up of the team and revealed he hasn’t been overly impressed with them this campaign.

Desailly believes the midfield “have not delivered protection” to the defence as much as they should have done. According to the Frenchman, this has seen “many points lost on free-kicks” through a lack of concentration and Chelsea would be clear at the top if they’d been able to cut out the errors.

He then went on to single out individual players as part of the reason why the midfield hasn’t been “absolutely amazing” as it has been in previous years. He said Joe Cole “is not expressing himself” and Michael Ballack “has gone missing”. Dasailly also thinks that even though Jon Obi Mikel is “trying his best”, the team are missing Michael Essien and this is why the defence is suffering.

Harsh words from Desailly or the truth? One thing for sure is that the team do miss Essien. That much is obvious – but do Cole and Ballack deserve the criticism aimed at them? It seems unlikely Cole wouldn’t be giving it his all with the Football World Cup looming. It would be interesting to hear what everyone thinks on this one.

Desailly wasn’t finished there though. He went on to say that “five players have to leave the club” in order for Chelsea to be back to their best again. Desailly thinks that as things stand his former club do not operate in a unit as effectively as Manchester United.

Alex Ferguson’s men are a team with “more energy” according to Desailly and presumably he fancies them to win on Saturday and go on to reclaim the Premier League title. What a way to show support to your former club Marcel!

Harsh words or a sense of realism from Mr Desailly?

You decide!



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