Rio Ferdinand criticises at Kepa Arrizabalaga after Chelsea’s defeat against Man City

Rio Ferdinand wasn’t impressed with Kepa’s role in Man City’s winning goal against Chelsea (Picture: BT Sports)

Rio Ferdinand questioned Kepa Arrizabalaga’s role in Kevin De Bruyne’s goal which helped send Manchester City 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

The Spanish goalkeeper, Chelsea’s club record signing prior to the summer arrival of Romelu Lukaku, is currently deputising for Edouard Mendy, the Blues’ undisputed No.1, who is currently on AFCON duty with Senegal.

Kepa has performed admirably in Mendy’s absence, and produced an excellent first-half save at the Etihad to deny Jack Grealish and ensure the two teams went in level at the break.

The 27-year-old, however, appeared to have been given no chance by De Bruyne with the goal that settled the contest when the Belgium international bent the ball around Thiago Silva and into the far corner with 20 minutes remaining.

On closer inspection, replays showed the goalkeeper took a small step to his right before De Bruyne made contact with the ball and was unable to transfer his weight in time after the City midfielder opted to aim for the opposite corner.

Kevin De Bruyne’s goal moved Manchester City 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League (Picture: Getty)

‘What about the keeper?’ said Ferdinand analysing the goal that looks to have knocked Chelsea out of the title race.

‘He takes one step to his right there. I think the goalkeepers union will probably try and protect him at some point but if we see that angle again he takes a step to his right.

‘This is coming back to communication. With goalkeepers and defenders you have a conversation before the game. If there’s someone coming into particular areas, we know you’re going to stand that side and I’ll cover the other.

‘If you don’t have those conversations that’s where the confusion lies. You take steps to cheat a little bit and that’s where you get caught out.’

Fellow BT Sport pundit Joleon Lescott agreed, adding: ‘He leaves that open and as much as we applauded him in the first half after that save which was vital, I think he deserves a slight bit of criticsm for that.

‘I think he should be using Thiago Silva the same way Kevin De Bruyne is. If he gets it wrong on the other side of the goal and he reverses it then you go OK. The fact he’s tried to gamble.’

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