Frank Leboeuf singles out one Chelsea star for praise in Borussia Dortmund win

French pundit Frank Leboeuf hails the performance of Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella

Speaking in the ESPN programme (h/t Metro), French pundit and former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf hailed the performance of Marc Cucurella in the Blues’ win over Borussia Dortmund.

Chelsea overturned a one-goal deficit by beating the German side by two goals at Stamford Bridge to reach the quarter-final of the Champions League.

Cucurella, who has had an underwhelming first season at the club so far, was one of the best players on the field. He was also the UEFA Player of the Match.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: Marc Cucurella of Chelsea applauds fans as they warm up prior to the UEFA Champions League round of 16 leg two match between Chelsea FC and Borussia Dortmund at Stamford Bridge on March 07, 2023 in London, England
Frank Leboeuf praises the performance of Marc Cucurella in Chelsea’s win over Borussia Dortmund. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Here’s what Leboeuf said when asked about the performance of the Spaniard (h/t Metro):

“Finally, we have found a Chelsea team playing the way I would love the football to be played.

“Going forward, not just trying to get the possession but going forward, forward fast. Cucurella, fantastic. Kai Havertz, fantastic.”

Only a few weeks ago, we heard the former Chelsea defender slamming Cucurella and questioning the money spent by the club on him. How the tone can change after one performance is something to behold.

For the former Brighton defender now, it is time to carry on the form he picked up. It would be great if finishes this season off with a string of great displays.

That goes for the whole team too, who would be feeling a lot better after winning the last two games. They would be hoping to convert this mini turnaround into something substantial.

Chelsea could sell Marc Cucurella and Kalidou Koulibaly among others in the 2023 summer window.
Cucurella has had an under par first season at Chelsea. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

It has been a great few days for manager Graham Potter, with some of his decisions going to plan. His choice to go with a back-three against Dortmund and persist with the forward line of Raheem Sterling, Kai Havertz and Joao Felix worked extremely well.

He would now look to build on the confidence and take the next step, which is to use this form and impart it to every player in the squad for them to perform at their best.

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Chelsea face Leicester City away from home in a tricky league game on Saturday. It would be a good barometer to see whether the form continues or stalls.