‘We can do better’: Chelsea youngster sends warning message to teammates after second red card in back-to-back games

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Chelsea left-back, Ian Maatsen has urged his teammates to do better after they received two red cards in two consecutive matches.

Conor Gallagher was shown a red card after getting two separate bookings, as Chelsea edged Brighton & Hove Albion 3-2 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The sending off is the second the team has suffered in their last two games, with the captain, Reece James also getting a red (two yellows) in the 4-1 loss to Newcastle late last month.

In a chat with the official club website, Maatsen conceded it was sometimes impossible to avoid these decisions, before urging his teammates to do better in their reading of the game.

He said: “Sometimes it is the passion, but we all know we can do better or make other decisions. Yesterday that happened, we move on and we know what we have to do with each other. We will just keep working and it will be all right.

“I think in every game you have to fight. The team really wants to fight for each other and you saw that against Brighton. On the pitch there were some good tackles, the intensity was high. We try to do that in every game.”