Rio Ferdinand has predicted that neither Chelsea nor Arsenal, will be challenging for the Premier League title in May after watching the two sides in action on Saturday afternoon.
Ferdinand, who is one of the greatest Premier League defenders of all time, doesn’t think that either side has the defensive discipline required to go and win the title.
Chelsea and Arsenal went head-to-head at Stamford Bridge, with Maurizio Sarri’s men edging out their Unai Emery’s side 3-2, in a game full of excellent attacking football, but equal amounts of pure comical defending.
Manchester United legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson once said that ‘attack wins you games, but defence wins you titles,’ and having watched the first half at Stamford Bridge, former United defender Rio Ferdinand predicted that the lack of defensive awareness displayed on both sides means that neither will be challenging in May.
“This is crazy,” Ferdinand said at half-time on BT Sport.
“This is the story of the first half defensively for Arsenal. They do not track runners from midfield. The back four do not identify runners from midfield and don’t shape up to be able to defend that. They’ve got no idea of where people are on the pitch.
“There’s disarray in the Arsenal backline, not only there, but in the midfield as well.
“This is a story of two teams wanting to go and attack, they do not want to defend. They’ve not got players that accept responsibility without the ball.
“It’s been a great first half for people like us, sitting at home as well. It’s been great to watch. But these two teams will not be anywhere near winning the league on this showing. They just don’t defend, you’ve got to do both sides of the game. You’ve got to have balance with the way you play this game.”