By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Kurt Zouma was at fault for Leicester’s opening goal against Chelsea on Monday night, according to Jamie Carragher.
The TV pundit pointed the finger at the centre-back for failing to track Jamie Vardy’s run as Riyad Mahrez shaped to cross from the right flank.
Zouma was left flat-footed as Vardy raced to the near post and met Mahrez’s cross with a first-time volleyed finish that put Leicester 1-0 ahead in the Premier League clash at King Power Stadium.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme, Carragher said: “I can’t believe that Zouma doesn’t see [Vardy]. How does he not see him? He knows he is there. The only thing I think is that at the last minute he thinks John Terry is going to get it.
“But he is so late reacting. Listen, it is a brilliant finish. It is not a massive mistake but he should do better.”
Zouma has been a regular starter for Chelsea in recent months as Jose Mourinho has lost faith with the Terry-Gary Cahill partnership that was the bedrock of the club’s title win last season.
Earlier, Eden Hazard had been substituted after 29 minutes with what appeared to be a hip injury following a relatively innocuous challenge from Jamie Vardy.