FA Cup: Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole blame one Chelsea star for Leicester 1-0 win

May 15, 2021
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Manchester United legend, Ferdinand and former Liverpool star, Joe Cole have blamed Jorginho for Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat to Leicester City on Saturday

They blamed the Italian international for Leicester City’s winning goal in the tight game at Wembley, which was decided by Youri Tielemans’ sublime long-range effort in the second half.

Both Ferdinand and Cole criticised Jorginho over his failure to close down Tielemans quickly enough before his strike which beat Kepa Arrizabalaga and gave Leicester City their first-ever FA Cup trophy.

“This is one area I don’t like in his game, he can’t get across the ground,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“He should be the one getting across there [to stop Tielemans]. He shouldn’t be pointing at a defender to get out [to Tielemans], if Thiago [Silva] goes there he leaves the space and [Jamie] Vardy’s in.”

Cole believes Tuchel should now consider Jorginho’s place in midfield for Chelsea’s Champions League final against Manchester City later this month.

“There are holes in this games and that’s one of them,’ said Cole. ‘He knew he didn’t have the legs to get there, so he’s trying to dictate to people around him.

“There will always be frailties. I’m not worried about in the week when he gave the ball away [for Arsenal’s goal] because that’s very rare, but that happens a lot in his game.

“I think now Thomas Tuchel when he’s thinking about the Champions League final, you can’t leave Phil Foden or Riyad Mahrez in that situation, you’ve got to get out there.

“I don’t want to take anything away from the strike, but from a Chelsea performance and a defensive perspective, if you’re playing that role, first and foremost before anything you do with the ball you’ve got to stop that from happening, and he didn’t do that tonight.

“Tuchel’s got a big decision, not only Tuesday night [against Leicester] but in the Champions League final. Jorginho’s a fabulous player on the ball but there are holes in his game.”

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