Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Manchester United on Saturday won’t win any awards for the game, but there were plenty of uplifting moments for Frank Lampard to talk about after the game.
The Blues were slightly lacking in attack but felt they should have won a penalty, only for the referee to controversially rule that Harry Maguire’s tussle with Cesar Azpilicueta was innocent.
At the other end, it was new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy who stole the show with a handful of top saves. Here’s what Lampard had to say about all the fun.
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“The holding continues. [at every corner]Headlocks don’t work, Boss told BBC Sport. “It’s a penalty. I don’t know why the VAR didn’t take longer – sometimes it takes minutes – and there’s a monitor to go and see. I think if the referee goes to the monitor he gives it as a penalty.
“It’s disappointing. During the season, maybe some will come and go, but when you look back on it, it’s a penalty.”
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“I don’t think it’s needed,” he added (via the club’s official website). “Azpilicueta was appealing, but when you have VAR as a back-up, of course we’ve brought it on, to make sure they review it and give it another look. Send to referee for
“Maybe with the angle he didn’t get a view of the headlock at that point, but he didn’t get a chance to review it.”
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“I’m very happy with his performance. It was great. You trust your goalkeeper for those moments. It was a tight game, not full of chances. He showed what he’s made of. taken
“We brought him in because we knew his quality, and he’s shown great spirit in the games he’s already played. I’m happy with today’s save.”
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“We have to be humble about it and say we need to work and get better,” Lampard said (via the Manchester Evening News ).[But] We came here last year and, for me, we were the best team on the pitch for the first 60 minutes and lost 4-0.
“So when you look at where we want to go and what football means, it means some of the things we did today, it’s a real foundation for us to work from. We’ve had this season. Scored a lot of goals already and they will come, but there were some good signs today.
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