Watch Sheff Utd early goal vs Chelsea which prompted Graeme Souness to call N'Golo Kante and Hakim Ziyech 'dopes'

GRAEME SOUNESS called Chelsea pair N'Golo Kante and Hakim Ziyech 'dopes' after switching off for Sheffield United's early goal in Saturday evening's game.

The Blades took an early lead in the clash at Stamford Bridge through a David McGoldrick strike following a well-worked short corner routine.

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The Blues hadn't conceded a goal in their last FIVE games – last letting one in during the 3-3 draw with Southampton.

But just nine minutes into Saturday's clash, the Blues were put on the back foot.

And at half-time, Souness slated Kante and Ziyech for turning their backs on the play.

Souness said: "For Ziyech and Kante this is inexcusable.

"They turned their backs on the play.

"They've obviously been told where they should stand for set-pieces…

"But they should have been going backwards in their positions and assessing the situation, where's the danger.

"These are big players… I worked with the great Ronnie Moran and he would tell us as set-pieces 'look for the dope'.

"Ziyech and Kante were the dopes there.

"They turned their backs on the play… you just don't do that."

Chelsea responded well to the setback, though – as Tammy Abraham's scuffed shot found its way into the corner of the net to equalise.

And Ben Chilwell put the hosts in front from a short corner of their own, taking advantage of some dreadful defending from Max Lowe.

The Sheff Utd ace let the ball run past him, seemingly unaware of Chilwell's presence, allowing the England left-back to hook the ball home.

Chelsea went into half-time with a 2-1 lead over Sheff Utd.

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