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    Shearer slams Blues

    Alan Shearer slammed Chelsea’s lack of character after their “embarrassing” first-half display at Manchester City.

    The Blues trailed 3-0 at the break in the FA Cup third-round tie thanks to goals from Riyad Mahrez, Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden.

    He said: “From a Chelsea point of view, that is not acceptable that performance.

    “I said they needed some energy, character, all of those things.

    “I don’t care how many injuries you’ve got in your team, you can still go out and put a shift in. They haven’t and it’s embarrassing from their point of view.

    “Going forward it’s been so bad. They’ve been nothing short of pathetic in forward positions. Where’s the movement? They’ve had nothing up front at all. Everything has been sideways or even backwards.

    “They’ve got to give the fans something now, show they care about this football club, because that 45 minutes was not acceptable.”

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