‘Not good enough’ – Tim Sherwood tears into Andreas Christensen after Chelsea’s draw with Aston Villa

The defender went down after a challenge with Jack Grealish in the build-up to Villa’s equaliser (Picture: Getty Images)

Tim Sherwood has ripped into Andreas Christensen for not getting back up to help his team as Aston Villa struck an equaliser to draw 1-1 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Christensen was drafted in at centre-back alongside Antonio Rudiger with both Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma rested amid the hectic fixture schedule.

Frank Lampard made a further four changes to his side and they failed to get the better of an impressive Villa.

Lampard drafted in Christiansen to face Villa (Picture: Getty Images)

Giroud’s goal just after the half-hour mark was cancelled out by Anwar El Ghazi’s equaliser early in the second period to earn Dean Smith’s side a point.

In the build-up to Villa’s goal, Christensen went down after a challenge with Jack Grealish in the middle of the park but referee Stuart Attwell waved played on.

Christensen stayed down as Villa continued on the attack and seconds later, Matty Cash’s cross found El Ghazi unmarked in the box to duly slot home.

Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood was astounded by the Chelsea defender’s decision not to get back in position and lamented him for laying on the floor ‘like a baby’.

He told Premier League Productions: ‘When you look at Villa, when I see their teamsheet come out I can pretty much guess apart from one or two players, it’s a settled team. It’s a complete contrast to Chelsea, you don’t know who’s going to play. 

‘He’s tried to mix it up at the back no Silva, no Zouma today and it’s cost him.

‘Because Christiansen, that is not good enough.

‘I’d be saying to Christiansen after the game, ‘Why were you lying on the floor? Why did you not get up and prevent that goal from being scored? You weren’t hurt, what are you laying down there for trying to feign injury to come off, you’ve cost us the game today. You’ve cost us three points’.

‘Yes, Villa pushed on and they deservedly got their point.

‘But that is crucial, that’s not good enough, you’re a big, strong centre-back, don’t lay down on the floor like a baby, get up and get on with it for your team. Not good enough.’

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