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Fabio Capello explains why Kalidou Koulibaly is struggling at Chelsea

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Kalidou Koulibaly has confronted criticism for his showings since getting back from suspension (Image: Getty)

Fabio Capello has tried to clarify why new centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly is struggling at Chelsea.

Koulibaly joined Chelsea from Italian membership Napoli in a £33m deal this summer season, and it gave the impression to be a superb piece of enterprise by Thomas Tuchel after he scored on his Stamford Bridge debut within the 2-2 draw towards rivals Tottenham.

However he put in a poor efficiency the next week in a 3-0 defeat to Leeds United – being proven a pink card after choosing up two bookings – and has confronted criticism for his showings since getting back from suspension.

Italian Capello, although, who managed England in addition to a number of the largest golf equipment in Italy, feels Koulibaly merely must adapt to the velocity of the Premier League having spent so lengthy within the extra slow-paced Serie A.

‘I wish to speak concerning the difficulties of Koulibaly at Chelsea,’ Capello advised Sky Calcio Club.

‘In Naples, he was doing all the things by himself. His issues now depend upon the velocity with which they play in England.

‘It’s the identical tempo utilized by Udinese to offer Roma matches. It’s one thing that should make us Italians mirror.’

Koulibaly performed 317 occasions for Napoli over an eight-year spell, during which time he was named within the Serie A Workforce of the Season on 4 events and helped them win the Coppa Italia.

He has additionally loved success on the worldwide stage, registering 62 caps for Senegal, who he lifted the Africa Cup of Nations with in 2021.

Chelsea, in the meantime, have endured a blended begin to the season and discover themselves sixth after their opening six top-flight video games.

It has been a summer season of change for the Blues, who overhauled their defence, with Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso all departing the membership.

Koulibaly was one of many defenders to return in to switch them, together with Marc Cucurella – who arrived in a £60m deal from Brighton – and Leicester Metropolis’s Wesley Fofana, who Chelsea signed for £75m.

The Blues return to top-flight motion on Saturday once they face Fulham at Craven Cottage, following tomorrow’s journey to Dinamo Zagreb within the Champions League.


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