Joe Cole Criticizes Mykhailo Mudryk in Chelsea’s UCL Defeat to Dortmund

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On Wednesday night, Chelsea were defeated 1-0 by Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League at the Signal Iduna Park. Karim Adeyemi scored the winning goal with a superb individual effort, running the length of the pitch past Enzo Fernandez and rounding Kepa Arrizabalaga to slot the ball into an empty net. Chelsea legend Joe Cole believes that Mykhailo Mudryk is to blame for the goal, as he was the closest man to Adeyemi yet failed to close him down.

Speaking on BT Sport, Cole said: “There needs to be a bit of blame on Mudryk. When you are an attacking player, you are thinking to yourself, ‘Right, I can score a goal here if the ball drops [on the edge of the area]. As soon as you realise that the ball [has been cleared], switch on defensively. He just lets [Adeyemi] run off him. I feel like quick players can lose concentration because they feel that their pace can get them away with it.”

Chelsea manager Graham Potter was also frustrated by the goal, as it has meant that Chelsea have won just two of their last fourteen matches in all competitions. Potter said: “It’s a poor goal and we have to do better. We were pushing at the time and were the better team. So to concede in that manner is what we’re disappointed with. The players are honest and they know they can do better with that. We have to help them, of course, but we will focus on the positives.”

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