Ex-Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf rips into his old side for playing ‘too nice’ during defeat by Everton and insists there was no ‘English fighting spirit’ in Frank Lampard’s young side… as he urges them to get ‘dirty’ to find a way to win
- Everton condemned Chelsea to their second league defeat of the season
- The result saw Frank Lampard’s men slip to fifth ahead of the visit to Wolves
- Frank LeBoeuf admitted he was disappointed with the apparent lack of fight
- The former defender called on the young Blues side to learn to grind out wins
A Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty – which came after Blues goalkeeper Edouard Mendy wiped out Dominic Calvert-Lewin after he had held off Thiago Silva – saw Frank Lampard’s side suffer just their second Premier League defeat of the season.
The result saw the Stamford Bridge outfit – who struggled to create many chances at Goodison Park – slip to fifth in the table and three points behind leaders Tottenham ahead of the trip to Wolves on Tuesday.
Frank LeBoeuf believes Billy Gilmour and his Chelsea team-mates were ‘too nice’ at Everton
A Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty condemned Chelsea to their second league defeat of the season
But speaking to ESPN, former Blues centre-back LeBoeuf was disappointed with the apparent lack of fight and claims that their young side must learn to show grit to grind out hard-fought wins.
‘I was upset because that game reminded me where Chelsea was full of international foreign players and not capable of fighting with the real ”English fighting spirit”,’ LeBoeuf said.
‘It’s what happened on [Saturday]. You have to be a warrior, you have to sometimes be dirty and half of the team is not capable of doing that.
‘The team is young, they have maybe no experience and you have to find a way to win.
Lampard’s men slipped to fifth in the Premier League table ahead of the visit to Wolves
LeBoeuf claimed the Blues lacked fight and the knowledge of how to win ugly at Goodison Park
‘Don’t make mistakes at the back – like we saw the hesitation between Thiago Silva and Mendy – you have to make sure you score goals and steal a result in a way by winning 1-0.
‘Chelsea tries to play too nice football, nice in the middle of the park but not effective on [Saturday], especially up front and at the back.’
An excellent start to the campaign has seen Lampard’s men considered as serious contenders to take the Premier League crown off current champions Liverpool.
But ahead of their trip to Molineux, the former England midfielder was keen to dismiss any talk of a first league title for the club since 2017.
He also criticised Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva for their role in conceding the penalty
‘That’s just where we’re at this season, you’ve seen the results,’ he told a pre-match press conference. ‘We felt it first-hand at the weekend at Everton.
‘They’ve got good players; they invested in the squad, are well organised and made it difficult for us.
‘We feel that we’ve already lost some points that we maybe shouldn’t have. Everyone will feel that in their own mind and I think the level of points will be less.
‘I think we have to try and make sure we maintain our levels to keep improving.’
Blues boss Lampard has been keen to dismiss suggestions they are title contenders