Pundit tells Antonio Conte he should be very worried ahead of Chelsea v Tottenham
Stan Collymore warns that Chelsea's inability to keep clean sheets in recent weeks is a big concern
Stan Collymore says Chelsea’s recent defensive displays should be a big worry ahead of their crunch FA Cup semi-final clash against Tottenham on Saturday.
The Blues have seen their lead at the top of the Premier League table slashed down to just four points after recent defeats by Crustal Palace and Manchester United.
Chelsea have struggled to keep clean sheets in the Premier League in recent weeks.
Indeed, their last shut-out in the English top flight came when they beat Hull City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge back on 22 January.
Chelsea have also conceded five goals more than Tottenham in the Premier League so far this season.
And former Liverpool man Collymore feels that should be a serious concern for Blues boss Antonio Conte heading into Saturday’s cup showdown with Tottenham at Wembley.
Collymore wrote in his column for Boyle Sports: “When the Blues went on their best run of the season, winning 10 games on the spin, they kept seven clean sheets and you knew – you knew – that teams had to do something consistently special over 90 minutes to beat them.
“In the last ten Premier League games they haven’t kept one clean sheet. And with Spurs scoring goals for fun and, most importantly, keeping shut out after shut out, if I was Conte… I’d be seriously concerned.”
Chelsea finished 10th and without a trophy last season after the sacking of Jose Mourinho back in December 2015.