Chelsea news: Frank Leboeuf spots ‘abnormal’ stat from Sevilla stalemate that spells trouble for the Blues

Chelsea news: Frank Leboeuf spots ‘abnormal’ stat from Sevilla stalemate that spells trouble for the Blues


Lampard’s side picked up a point in their first Champions League group game (Picture: Getty Images)

Frank Leboeuf has labelled Chelsea’s lack of possession in the first half of their 0-0 draw against Sevilla in the Champions League as ‘completely abnormal’.

Frank Lampard’s side dug in to grind out a point at Stamford Bridge in their first group stage clash, with chances few and far between for both sides.

Sevilla dominated the ball in the first period and the Blues were bailed out by goalkeeper Edouard Mendy as he produced an outstanding reaction save to keep the scoreline down.

Leboeuf, however, was impressed by Thiago Silva (Picture: Getty Images)

Although Chelsea grew into the game in the second half, they struggled to create any major chances, with Kurt Zouma’s tame header and Timo Werner’s dipping strike their best opportunities.

After conceding nine goals in their first five Premier League games, a clean sheet would have been welcomed by Lampard.

However, ex-Blues defender Leboeuf highlighted his former side being pinned back by their opponents on their own turf as a cause for concern.

‘I don’t see what I want to see, I don’t see the players speeding up the game and doing something, changing rhythm,’ Leboeuf told ESPN FC.

‘I saw Mendy is much better than Kepa. It’s a clean sheet, especially after the first half, Sevilla had around 65 per cent possession of the ball away from home at Chelsea in the Champions League, that’s completely abnormal.

‘I’m pleased to see Thiago Silva because he’s a talented player that brings something very special to the defence and makes it more solid, but after that, I don’t see somebody in the midfield, especially offensively, somebody doing something special to create something.

‘They’re looking for each other, not knowing each other and we saw clearly nothing. The best chance was after an hour from [Sevilla’s] Jordan from a corner kick because no Chelsea player was marking him and he had a fantastic volley, that’s the only thing that I saw.

‘Half a chance from Werner, another half a chance from Zouma, that’s it, Champions League guys, Champions League. We want to see something soon.’

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