Hasselbaink sends message to wasteful Chelsea players

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was not impressed at all after watching Chelsea lose against Middlesbrough in their Carabao Cup semi-final encounter on Tuesday.

The Blues ended up losing the match 1-0, when it could easily have been 3-1 or 4-1 due to some very poor finishing.

Cole Palmer was charged with leading the line for the visitors, while Armando Broja sat on the bench after his impressive performance in the 4-0 FA Cup win against Preston last weekend.

Palmer was however very wasteful in front of goal, missing every one of the opportunities that came his way— including 1v1 situations.

Broja was later introduced in the second half, but by then, Boro were already in front, and only needed to sit deep and defend their lead.

Speaking on Sky Sports after the game, Hasselbaink was very critical of Palmer and his teammates, who he urged to change their mentality if they want to start winning more.

The Chelsea great told Sky Sports: “I felt there was a plan [from Chelsea] but they needed to do more to break the lines.

“There needed to be unselfish runs to open the space up. You need to not put crosses in if you only have Raheem Sterling in the box.

“It’s about know-how and understanding your team-mates. It didn’t happen enough with Chelsea. It was slow, it was laboured and there were too many turnovers for Boro to have joy.

“And that’s why they were dangerous. It all starts with the right mentality. It starts with the right mind-set. They didn’t put the opposition on the backfoot and they weren’t playing in the right areas.”