Chelsea defender Azpilicueta has been criticized for his performance against Manchester City.
Chelsea lost 0-1 in the 36th round of the 2022-23 Premier League against City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, on the morning of Feb. 22 (KST). City, who clinched the Premier League title early this season, adjusted their lineup against Chelsea, resting several key players including Holland, De Bruyne, Grealish, Rodriguez, Ederson, Dias, and Bernardo Silva. Chelsea lost to City, who were missing some key players, after conceding an early goal in the 12th minute.
City newcomer Palmer got his first Premier League start of the season against Chelsea. Palmer had a great game against Chelsea, assisting on Alvarez’s first goal in the 12th minute. Palmer dribbled in front of Azpilicueta and played a penetrating pass to Alvarez, who rattled the Chelsea net from the edge of the penalty area. Palmer recorded his first Premier League point in his first start of the season. Palmer has now scored in all 16 of his Premier League appearances.
The UK’s Daily Star highlighted the criticism of Azpilicueta from Chelsea fans. “Chelsea captain Azpilicueta put on a horror show against Man City,” the publication said. Azpilicueta was unable to keep up with the pace of City’s Palmer from the start of the game. Some Chelsea fans criticized Azpilicueta with harsh words, such as “It’s time for him to retire” and “It’s funny to see him running in slow motion against Palmer.먹튀검증
Azpilicueta’s insecurities were on display against Chelsea, as he allowed two dribble breaks and won three of 10 ball battles. He also lost the ball eight times and committed three fouls. City’s newcomer Palmer provided a spark to the team’s offense, winning three of his four dribble attempts and assisting on the opening goal.
Azpilicueta has been with Chelsea since 2012, winning two Premier League titles and playing a key role in their UEFA Champions League triumph in the 2020-21 season. Azpilicueta, who serves as Chelsea’s captain, has come under fire for the Blues’ struggles this season.