Thierry Henry defends Chelsea player after awful mistake v Man City
By Matt Farr
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has leapt to the defence of Chelsea’s Gary Cahill.
The England defender scored a calamitous own goal to give Manchester City the lead in their Premier League clash on Saturday.
However, second-half goals from Diego Costa, Willian and Eden Hazard sealed an impressive comeback for Chelsea, maintaining the Blues superb run – and sparing the blushes of Cahill.
The error came after a tame cross from Jesus Navas, which the 30-year-old clumsily diverted past his own goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
In attempting to clear the ball with his stronger right foot, he ended up volleying the ball into the back of his own net.
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But former Arsenal man Henry had sympathy for the defender, calling the error ‘unfortunate.’
Talking in the Sky Sports studio, Henry said: “He could have cleared that with his left foot.
“Gary Cahill has to clear the ball with his left foot. If you clear that with his head it might have been a corner. But he has to clear it somewhere else than his goal.
“He’s very unfortunate if he had cleared that well we would have said what a clearance,” he said.
Antonio Conte’s side have now won their last eight Premier League games, and strengthened their hold at the top of the table.
Cahill’s gift of a goal was only the second that Chelsea have conceded since the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal on September 24.
However, the game was perhaps overshadowed by a moment of madness in the dying moments, when two Manchester City players were sent off.
Sergio Aguero’s horror challenge on David Luiz was worthy of a straight red, but team-mate Fernandinho quickly followed for his role in the aftermath, where he grabbed Cesc Fabregas and pushed him over the advertising hoarding.
In other Chelsea news, BBC’s Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has named this player as key to their title pursuit.