Ferdinand blames Chelsea star for trying to play 'perfect football' vs West Ham

Rio Ferdinand says Edouard Mendy was guilty of trying to play ‘perfect football’ after his error in Chelsea’s defeat to West Ham United.

Following Thiago Silva’s opener, Chelsea allowed the hosts right back into the game after Mendy failed to clear a back pass from Jorginho.

Jarrod Bowen immediately put the Chelsea goalkeeper under pressure with Mendy clumsily taking out the Hammers forward. Manuel Lanzini expertly dispatched the resulting penalty.

The Hammers went onto seal a 3-2 win at the London Stadium with Arthur Masuaku’s freak goal three minutes from time sealing the win.

Asked whether blame lies with Jorginho or Mendy at half-time, Ferdinand told BT Sport: ‘Mostly with the goalkeeper, he has plenty of opportunity to clear this.

‘Jorginho leaves the short pass, yes it is short but the goalkeeper gets there. Clear it straight away.

‘He gets another chance to clear it and takes another touch then all of a sudden its panic stations and he gives away a penalty.

‘Instead of taking that touch, give a throw in away. The problem is he has been caught trying to play perfect football. In those situations, it’s not about that.’

Chelsea miss the chance to extend their lead at the summit of the Premier League and could finish the weekend in third if Manchester City and Liverpool win their games against Watford and Wolves respectively.

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