Let’s see how he preforms against Mohamed Salah – Tim Sherwood says this Chelsea star may struggle

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Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood doesn’t seem convinced by Axel Disasi, and is backing the Frenchman to struggle in the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool.

Axel Disasi was in top form against Manchester City last time out, winning the man of the match, but Tim Sherwood had some negative things to say about his game.

“I think Chelsea’s best chance is to defend their box, pretty much what they did against Man City,” the former Tottenham manager told Sky Sports.

“Disasi is OK doing that. When you’re asking him to defend on the halfway line that’s when he struggles.

“He cannot handle the ball he’s got a leather allergy. His turning problem, he doesn’t want the football.

“He wants to defend the box, he wants to head it he wants to put his body on the line. That’s great if you’re defending the six-yard box or the 18-yard box.

“But if you’re Chelsea you cannot do that. You have to defend halfway line you have to find a partner who he’s comfortable with.”

Axel Disasi
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Asked to clarify his leather allergy comment, Sherwood added: “He doesn’t want the ball it’s just a stupid saying.

“If you ask him to defend the 18-yard box it’s pretty easy you haven’t got to move, you put your body on the line and you anticipate.

“When you’re asked to get up on the halfway line and Mo Salah is running at you and Nunez is chasing you down… let’s see how he does tomorrow.

“I hope he does well. I hope he’s got a bit of confidence because it looked like he loved celebrating a little blocked cross.”