Chelsea’s £175k Per Week Signing Fails to Impress in Champions League Clash Against Real Madrid


Chelsea have had a disappointing start to their season under Frank Lampard. Despite spending over £260m on transfers, they have scored just 29 goals in 30 Premier League outings. Their lack of a system or identity was apparent in their recent 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final. The Spanish team took advantage of an unimpressive performance from Chelsea’s goalkeeper, Kepa, and a red card for Ben Chilwell. However, substitute Marc Cucurella did not make an impact either, with pundits and journalists criticizing his performance.

Cucurella, who is paid £175k per week, was brought on as a sub at half-time. However, he was caught out of position and his mistake led to Chilwell’s red card. Pundits such as Jamie O’Hara and Chris Sutton labelled the defender a “disgrace” and suggested he had been “schooled” by Rodrygo. According to BBC Sport’s Raj Chohan, Cucurella’s “aggression is such an issue” as he mistimed critical jumps and did not have the necessary recovery pace.

Cucurella has been a disappointment recently, with his poor back pass causing Chelsea to lose to Aston Villa. Last season, he was a target for Manchester City, and his partnership with Tariq Lamptey was considered one of the best in the league. However, he has struggled under Lampard and is now one of the worst acquisitions in Chelsea’s recent history.


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