Former Three lions defender Rio Ferdinand beleives Super Eagles hardman Wilfred Ndidi was guilty of complacent defending in the build up to Chelsa’s only goal during his side’s FA cup quarter final loss last weekend.
Substitute Ross Barkley punished the hosts to slot home Willian’s cross to send Frank Lampard’s men into the semi-final and speaking after the match, the Manchester United legend analysed the goal and opined that the Nath boys academy product should have done a lot better.
“The gap between the centre-backs starts to develop. When that happens, when that big gap comes, the big job is for Ndidi, who has had great reviews for how he’s played over the years, and rightly so,” Ferdinand told the media.
Once you see the gap between the centre-backs when the ball’s wide, his job is to drop in, drop in here and be that guard in there. If you keep your eye on Ndidi here, and look how many times he looks over his shoulder to see where Barkley is.
One look, two looks – when he looks there – he has to drop in there and cover the run from Barkley. He knows he can get in behind Ndidi because he’s not looking.
Jonny Evans, one of my old team-mates, sees this but he’s marking his man – Tammy Abraham – once he sees it he’ll come over to try and cover but once this happens at this level, it’s too quick, the quality is too good, it’s a great cross and the timing eliminates defenders out of it.
Barkley sees the space, darts into it, great ball, great finish. Bad defending from Ndidi and the midfield.”
Roman Abrahamovich’s big spenders will now lock horns against Ferdinand’s old club Manchester United for a spot in the final of England’s oldest football competition.
In the other semi-final, defending champions Manchester City take on Arsenal who are the most successful in the competition’s history.