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Mane kicking it again Sissoko's arm in the CL final was ahead of the curve. The shanked shot by Ayew that hit the United defenders arm yesterday was ridiculous and it's just going to get even more farcical until they decide to change the rule. Also apart from Palace every Premier League side seems to have forgotten how to defend this weekend. 

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I think the Ayew one yesterday was fair as his miss-hit shot could have gone in (thus the handball was potentially stopping a goal). However the Southampton one just now was just a random ricochet. They were saying in the commentary that it was wrong as well, so I think the ref just fucked up.

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I know intent is so hard to call consistently but a penalty is such a significant reward to give a team that its granting should have to pass a fairly high bar to justify it - some poor sod randomly having a ball touch their arm with no intent to handle it whilst not looking doesn't seem worthy of giving the other team a free shot at goal from 12y out.

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3 minutes ago, dizogg said:

Havertz at the moment looks like an example where someone’s not been signed to play a role, he’s just been signed because he’s a good player. Frank doesn’t really seem to know what to do with him.

 

Cue Havertz winner

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Bissouma accident aside, I was pleased with a comprehensive 3-0 over Newcastle away. Two well taken goals and finally Maupay gets his penalty scoring mojo back. TBH I thought Newcastle had made some really shrewd signings over the summer but was really surprised that they offered little attacking threat. Not sure what's going one there at all.

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3 hours ago, Mike1812 said:

The fawning over Lampshade(Lampard, but I love that auto correct) in the media does my head in. Here's a more balanced view. 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2020/sep/19/frank-lampards-blue-privilege-self-made-jurgen-klopp-chelsea-liverpool


He’s incredibly fortunate to be where he is.


Mendy, Chilwell and Silva should provide more stability but gelling a team takes an astute manager with a clear direction, which hasn’t been apparent yet.

 

At least he can try and manage West Ham out of the Championship in a few years*

 

*given my record with predictions, this post all but guarantees Chelsea will win a treble this season and Lampshade will be knighted.

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Lampard is in a fortunate position when as a 1y in manager circumstances transpired to make him a fit for Chelsea as the new manager during their transfer ban period, then the pandemic happened which in conjunction with some big sales they've banked has enabled them to snap up players they'd have had a lot more competition for otherwise.

 

None of which makes him necessarily any more qualified for the job, his playing career was always personified by that graft to succeed over natural ability style (I'd compare him to Gary Neville in that respect, his career wasn't a given due to natural gifts, he earned it and worked for it), so I'm sure he'll be working at this very hard. But managing a squad of egos and getting the best out of them tactically isn't the same as staying back an extra hour in training to practice shooting from outside the box to get deflected goals and doing an extra 30mins on the exercise bike.

 

Time will tell but I'm not getting the same vibes off Lampard as say Arteta at present

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