Chelsea hero John Terry has taken aim at his former defensive partner Andreas Christensen over his performance in the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.
Christensen, 24, was handed a start at centre-back as Frank Lampard rested first-choice options Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva.
Lampard’s decision appeared to be a good one at half-time, with Chelsea leading 1-0 through Olivier Giroud’s header.
But the Blues’ lead lasted just five minutes in the second half before Anwar El Ghazi found himself unmarked at the back post to fire under Edouard Mendy.
Christensen was involved in a coming together with Jack Grealish in the build-up to the goal, leading to protests from Chelsea players claiming it should have been ruled out.
As the Dane lay on the floor, Grealish burst into the final third to create the chance from which El Ghazi scored.
A 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge marked another excellent result for Villa – where Terry has been assistant manager for over two years – after their 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Boxing Day.
Reacting to the result on social media, the former England defender wrote: “Great to be back at the Bridge tonight.
“Another great performance in the space of 48 hours from the boys. Rest and recover now for our next game.”
In the comments of the Instagram post, a fan replied: “You’d have been raging at that equaliser John. The sporting side of this game has disappeared.”
And Terry was in agreement that Christensen’s error cost Chelsea dearly, writing: “He (Christensen) should have got up.”
Mark Clattenburg described the tackle as a “50/50 challenge” as he gave his verdict on the incident during Amazon Prime’s coverage.
Former Chelsea left-back Graeme Le Saux echoed the former Premier League referee’s comments, adding: “I think Christensen leaves his leg behind as he’s been beaten by Grealish and he’s trying to stop him in his tracks a bit.
“He’s came out worse and I think as a big centre-half, you get back up get into position wait for the ball to go out and then if it’s a problem deal with it. You don’t stay on the floor like that and then the goal is conceded.”
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