Chelsea have been guilty of trying to “play too nice” this season, according to Frank Leboeuf, who says the Blues must learn how to win “dirty”.
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s first-half penalty was enough to give the Toffees a 1-0 victory as Frank Lampard’s side struggled to create any clear-cut openings.
The result saw the Blues slip to fifth in the table, three points behind current leaders Tottenham, with a tough clash away at Wolves up next on Tuesday.
Leboeuf was disappointed by a perceived lack of fight from his old club against Everton, and has also criticised Thiago Silva and Edouard Mendy for their failure to prevent Dominic Calvert-Lewin from stealing in and winning the game’s decisivepenalty.
“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’,”the former Chelsea defender told ESPN .
“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.
“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.”
The Blues have already been dubbed serious title contenders after a strong start to the season, but Lampard played down any talk of a run to domestic glory ahead of his team’s trip to Molineux.
“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 atEverton. They’ve got good players; they invested in the squad, are well organised and made it difficult for us.
Source : goal.com