‘Time for him to step aside’, some Chelsea fans want youngster to replace key defender

A number of Chelsea supporters feel the need for a change in the right-back spot following Cesar Azpilicueta’s poor performance against Manchester United in the Premier League opener.

Frank Lampard’s side showed plenty of optimism with their performances during the backend of pre-season and the same was replicated with a dominant start against the Red Devils at Old Trafford.

Despite this, things did not go the club’s way with a couple of goalscoring attempts finding the woodwork and a poor second half performance meant that the hosts went on to seal a comfortable 4-0 victory despite looking second best until the hour mark.

A number of players came for criticism from the fans on social media following the result and Azpilicueta was probably the most mentioned after being guilty of making mistakes in the lead up to two of the four goals conceded while being dispossessed on 22 occasions, as per Squawka.

As such, a selection of fans have expressed their frustration over the display from the club captain and a few have suggested that Reece James should replace the Spain international at right-back, once he returns to full fitness.

Here are the reactions on Twitter……

The west London side need to regroup quickly ahead of the midweek European Super Cup clash against Liverpool. No changes are expected in the backline, but Rudiger could return to the mix earlier than predicted. Kurt Zouma, who was paired alongside Andreas Christensen on Sunday, struggled with his positioning at the heart of the club’s defence.


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