Rio Ferdinand reacts to Tottenham's defending v Chelsea

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It is difficult to blame to armchair footballers for offering the professionals some advice from behind the television screen from time to time.

The frustration of watching players make mistakes that would be unforgivable even on a Sunday league pitch is something most supporters experience on a weekly basis.

Considering the eye-watering wages paid out in the top-flight, naturally, fans feel inclined to let off some steam when they believe an individual is not performing up to scratch.


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Considering the supposed wealth of knowledge held even by amateur players, imagine what it is like for ex-Premier League stars to witness schoolboy errors unfolding at the highest level.

Rio Ferdinand – a man who knows more than most about marshalling a Premier League defence – could not resist pointing the finger at Eric Dier as Chelsea took a 2-1 lead over Tottenham on Saturday.

The former Manchester United defender posted a video of himself on Twitter ranting about the Blues’ second goal as he watched on from the BT Sport media box at Stamford Bridge.

Victor Moses was the Chelsea man whose 51st-minute strike proved to be the winner, but Ferdinand believes more could have been done to prevent the goal.

Irked by Spurs’ poor defending as the hosts came from behind to snatch the lead, Ferdinand singled out Dier for criticism during the build-up play.

He said: “You’ve got to go for the ball. Dier has got to engage him, man – he’s left Dembele to go and do it.

“You’ve got to out [to the ball]. That’s the centre-half don’t want to go wide. Stuff that goal.”

Attempting to contain a counter-attack is no easy feat, even for elite defenders. Every decision has to be made in a split second and can have a crucial impact on how the move plays out.

Clearly, Ferdinand believes Dier got it wrong on this occasion – but it is easy to feel some sympathy for him given Tottenham were very much on the back foot as Chelsea cut through them in the final third.

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