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Ian Wright criticises two Chelsea stars for their role in Aston Villa equaliser

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El Ghazi earned his side a point at Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty Images)

Ian Wright has criticised Andreas Christensen and N’Golo Kante for their mistakes in the build-up to Aston Villa’s goal in Monday’s 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard made six changes from the side that lost 3-1 to Arsenal last weekend, including Antonio Rudiger and Christensen coming in for Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva at centre-back.

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for the Blues with a fine headed effort from Ben Chilwell’s cross after 34 minutes.

Egyptian El Ghazi capitalised on Christensen’s absence from the box (Picture: Getty Images)

Dean Smith’s side pegged them back early on in the second half through Anwar El Ghazi, who stole in unmarked at the back post to convert Matty Cash’s delivery.

In the build-up to Villa’s equaliser, Christensen went down after a challenge with Jack Grealish, but while the England midfielder got up and carried on, the Chelsea defender didn’t.

That left a huge hole in the Blues’ backline, which the Midlands side exploited.

And speaking on Premier League Productions after the game, Arsenal legend Ian Wright singled out both Christensen and Kante for criticism.

‘I’m very disappointed there with Christensen because we see Jack Grealish get up here and it’s not a knock that’s going to make him have to leave the game,’ Wright said.

‘I don’t want to see my centre-half lying on the floor like that when you know nothing is wrong with you.

‘You can see all the problems it’s caused. Kante should’ve got back quicker, maybe [Cesar] Azpilicueta could’ve been a little bit more aware but he’s worried about Jack Grealish and in the end they score the goal.

‘They deservedly score the goal but my problem with this is he [Christensen] gets up and he plays on so I believe if Grealish can get up and play on, he should play on as well.

‘Then you look at Grealish, he occupies Azpilicueta, then it’s Kante, we’re talking about one of the best defensive midfielders in the world and his awareness of where El Ghazi was and the awareness that the other centre-half wasn’t in there baffled me that he didn’t recognise that situation.’

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