Chelsea fans react on Twitter to Salah performance against Manchester City

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Mohamed Salah struggled to make an impact on his second appearance for Chelsea.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho gave Mohamed Salah a chance to turn himself into an instant hero with Blues fans when he threw him on at half-time in the FA Cup game against Manchester City.

Unfortunately for the Egyptian he barely had any touches of the ball and looked a little lost against an experienced and solid side that completed a comfortable 2-0 win against Mourinho’s men.

The theory in throwing Salah on for the second 45 minutes was actually quite understandable.

The former FC Basel winger has plenty of pace and Mourinho seemingly wanted him to sit on the shoulder of the City defence, playing a very high line, ready to latch onto a ball in behind.

The first time he tried to catch out that high defensive line, he got caught offside.

It didn’t really get much better from there because Salah got drawn off from the front as he searched for the ball, which is exactly what his natural instincts as a midfielder told him to do.

That made it even easier for the City back four to contain Chelsea because literally all of the play was in front of them.

The Blues looked slightly better when Fernando Torres was introduced, which allowed Salah to drop off into a position where he was visibly more comfortable.

Torres tried to push the defence back, with Salah roaming spaces that were few and far between across the midfield.

He’s certainly not a bad investment but playing in the top flight of the Swiss league is completely different to playing against the biggest sides in England.

Salah will adapt and he will improve but on this occasion he looked out of his depth against a side that brushed him off the ball any time he was fortunate enough to pick up possession.

Here’s what Chelsea fans made of his performance via social media site Twitter.

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