Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero was handed his first Premier League start of the season this afternoon but his performance did not go down well with a number of Blues supporters.
The Argentine veteran kept his place in the side from last week’s FA Cup win at Hull and was preferred to regular first choice Kepa Arrizabalaga for today’s 2-2 draw at Leicester. He ended the match with two saves to his name, including a fine stop to deny Jamie Vardy in the 25th minute, although he would not have been pleased with the role he played in one of the Foxes’ goals.
With the teams level at 1-1 in the 64th minute, the 38-year-old charged out of his goal to chase down a Ben Chilwell cross, only to be forced into a hasty retreat when Youri Tielemans got to the ball first and provided the delivery for Chilwell to finish to the net. [via The Guardian]
Joshua Jones of The Sun described that fateful error from the Chelsea ‘keeper as “a rush of blood”, while Football London‘s Oliver Harbord called it “a pretty shocking moment”. These Blues fans on Twitter also took aim at Caballero following his display at the King Power Stadium, with one accusing him of indulging in “clownery” after his error for Chilwell’s goal:
Imagine being a professional goalkeeper for 19 year and still being a moron. Willy Caballero everyone
— Jake (@Jakel23l) February 1, 2020
Caballero: guaranteed a screaming save and a shocking error every game. Don’t disagree with dropping Kepa in in principle but you have to accept that Caballero will cost at least 1 goal every 2 games #CFC #LEICHE
— Brendan Haywood (@bread_man) February 1, 2020
So can we blame Caballero now?
Easy back pass to him by Azpi, has Christensen completely unmarked to his right, hits it out for the throw in…
Let alone whatever he's doing for the initial Chillwell cross!
That's worse than 99% of things Kepa has done this season!
— Laurenz Vescoli (@Laus1507) February 1, 2020
All Caballero needs to do for me is claim ONE cross and have a save percentage higher than 55% and I’ll be satisfied. That’s how low the bar has been set by #1
— ηαν (@navcfc_) February 1, 2020
Caballero comes in to compete with Kepa and drops this clownery?
— Alex (@AlexEMantle) February 1, 2020
Caballero moving like he's 38 years old for that goal https://t.co/XeyFBT5Kv5
— Archie™ (@LordEihcra) February 1, 2020
Caballero doing worse than Kepa.
Houston, we have a gargantuan problem.
— Divus Iulius (@based_Iulius) February 1, 2020
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