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- Tue, 27 Oct 2020 21:03:19 +0000: Frank Lampard wants homegrown managers to be shown more respect - Chelsea | The Guardian
- Chelsea face Krasnodar in Champions League on Wednesday
- Lampard: ‘We have managers at home who can do the jobs’
Frank Lampard has called on homegrown managers to be shown more respect after becoming only the second Englishman to manage in two Champions League campaigns.
Chelsea’s manager believes his compatriots deserve increased opportunities at the highest level after he followed in the footsteps of Sir Bobby Robson, who took charge of Porto, PSV Eindhoven and Newcastle in the competition. The four other English coaches to have managed in the Champions League since its revamp in 1992 – Ray Harford, Gary Neville, Harry Redknapp and Craig Shakespeare – only did so for one campaign.Continue reading...
- Mon, 26 Oct 2020 09:17:57 +0000: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action - Chelsea | The Guardian
Bamford continues to prove doubters wrong, Van de Beek should be unleashed and Saints find perfect pairing
Jamie Vardy proved his importance to Leicester City just as much when he was in the stands as he was on the pitch. The Foxes were flat from the off, without a functioning plan B to put into operation in Vardy’s absence. The team is so used to utilising the striker’s clever running in behind a defence, they seem to lack other creative ideas when he is not spearheading the team. Considering they ripped Manchester City apart just weeks ago, it will concern Brendan Rodgers that he cannot get his side to repeat that perfect performance, suffering home defeats to West Ham and Aston Villa in the two games that followed. Vardy’s arrival on the pitch enlivened Leicester, with his teammates looking more confident in the company of their talisman who duly scored a late winner. Rodgers might be best finding a striker in the mould of Vardy to ensure they can maintain the status quo whenever he is absent; otherwise they are just one tweaked muscle away from mediocrity. Will UnwinContinue reading...
- Sun, 25 Oct 2020 10:32:31 +0000: Chelsea dig in to foil Manchester United in a game that felt out of time | Jonathan Wilson - Chelsea | The Guardian
Solskjær’s players lacked spark and Lampard’s were cagey – but in a wild season, will such caution become more prevalent?
Ole Gunnar Solskjær can do one big thing well, and that is sit his side deep and attack on the counter. Frank Lampard has one big thing he has struggled to do well, and that is set his side up to defend well against the counter. That’s why when these sides met at Old Trafford last season, Chelsea had 54% possession, won the shot count 18-10 and lost 4-0. Everything Lampard did on Saturday seemed aimed at avoiding a repeat.Continue reading...
- Sat, 24 Oct 2020 20:12:07 +0000: Frank Lampard makes case for the defence as forwards take back seat | Jacob Steinberg - Chelsea | The Guardian
The Chelsea manager seemed to be reacting to criticism of his leaky defence as he set his side out to repel Manchester United
Splurge on the attack. Make yourself the envy of the world by signing Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz in one wild summer. Make the journey to Old Trafford, where Manchester United were last seen losing 6-1 to Tottenham, and pick a back-five. Take Werner and Havertz off with 20 minutes left. Give Ziyech 10 minutes at the end. Settle for a second consecutive goalless draw. Flip the narrative on its head.
By the end of a grim match it was clear Frank Lampard had no interest in another defensive aberration from his leaky Chelsea side. He will not apologise for setting out to contain United. Attacking cohesion can wait: for a manager accused of failing to focus on shape and resilience during his time at Chelsea, a shutout inspired by Thiago Silva’s serenity in central defence represented another step forward.Continue reading...
- Sat, 24 Oct 2020 18:53:47 +0000: Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea: Premier League – as it happened - Chelsea | The Guardian
It wasn’t a thriller
Both managers appear to have gone to ground. So with that, I’ll leave you with David Hytner’s match report from Old Trafford. Thanks for reading this MBM, and the best of luck to Gorse Hill Packed Lunches, as well as all the similar projects across the country.
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta speaks to Sky. “We could have done more. We didn’t create the last pass or make the right decisions. So yes, we defended solidly, but we could have got more from the game. It was very even. In the first half we controlled better, in the second we rushed it and lost possession too easy, so we lost control. But we had solidity.” As for his tussle with Maguire that could have led to a penalty? “I felt both arms around my neck and shoulders. I think yes. Martin Atkinson is the man to make the decisions, so why not take 20 seconds to review it?”
A result for Marcus Rashford, at least.
Both sets of defenders were well on top in a poor spectacle. But there are plus points for both teams. Chelsea will be happy with their second clean sheet in a row, and their third in four games, while United have at least avoided the ignominy of losing their first three home fixtures for the first time since 1930. However this is still the first time they’ve failed to win any of their first three at Old Trafford since Frank O’Farrell’s reign began unravelling in 1972. United will end the day in 15th place on seven points; Chelsea finish it sixth with nine points.
One for the purists.
90 min +4: Fernandes crosses from the right. James powers a header clear.
90 min +3: Ziyech drives at the United back line and bustles past Shaw, but can’t make space to shoot.
90 min +2: United continue to press until Wan-Bissaka runs the ball out of play for a goal kick.
90 min +1: The nation’s hero nearly becomes United’s hero! Amid a melee on the edge of the Chelsea box, Fernandes toe-pokes to tee up Rashford, to the left of the D. Rashford curls powerfully towards the top right. It looks in all the way, but a superb full-length dive by Mendy puts paid to the fairytale! Wonderful play all round!
90 min: There will be four added minutes.
88 min: Greenwood dribbles cleverly along the byline to the right of the Chelsea goal. He rolls the ball to Cavani, who tries to flash home from close range but is denied by Silva’s brave extended leg. Great play by both old campaigners.
87 min: Another poor delivery by Ziyech, this time from the left. The ball is eventually volleyed deep into the stand by an overly ambitious Jorginho.
86 min: United don’t clear properly, though, and Chelsea come back at them, James pressing down the right, Chilwell probing on the left. Eventually Fred is panicked into slicing over his own bar.
85 min: Ziyech’s corner fails to beat the first man.
84 min: In the stand, Donny van de Beek looks impassively on. Penny for his thoughts. On the pitch, Azpilicueta crosses from the right. Shaw deflects out for a corner.
83 min: United make their final change, sending on Greenwood in place of McTominay.
81 min: Ziyech comes on for Pulisic, who hasn’t been comfortable since being cleaned out by McTominay.
80 min: Silva shanks a Shaw cross out for a corner. The set piece is half cleared, but Lindelof comes back at Chelsea down the right and dinks inside for Pogba, who shoots lamely into a thicket of players. Chelsea clear properly this time.
78 min: There’s not a lot of urgency on display here. Both teams would love to win, of course, but the avoidance of defeat, and all the concomitant pressure, is the main target.
76 min: BREAKING NEWS: Marcus Rashford is a human being with faults like the rest of us! He slides into the back of Mount, and goes in the referee’s notebook. He’s got moral credit to burn, let’s be fair.
75 min: Pulisic goes down, the result of being clattered in the hard-but-fair fashion by McTominay. After a fashion, he rises again, albeit gingerly.
73 min: Both teams pick up the pace, so there’s that. But they’re still struggling to piece together any moves. It’s been a disappointing game so far. Still enough time for someone to take it up a gear.
71 min: Chelsea’s turn to make a double change: Mount and Abraham come on for the ineffectual Werner and Havertz.
69 min: Maguire pings a lovely ball down the left for Rashford, who takes it in his stride at full pent. He shoots from a tight angle, thinking he’s got the better of Azpilicueta after a shake of the hips, but the Chelsea man recovers well and blocks.
67 min: The game threatens to grind down to a halt. It’s not inspiring fare.
65 min: Play stops as Pogba comes off worst in an innocent 50-50 with Reece James. He’s holding his back and grimacing. Ah hold on, now James goes down to get treatment for a sore thigh and also his ankle, while Pogba springs back up. James is repaired, and both men are good to continue.
63 min: Havertz and Werner launch a high-speed raid into United territory. Lindelof does extremely well to shepherd Werner out to the left, as the striker looked for space to shoot. Chelsea settle for a corner that comes to nothing.
61 min: Reece James sends a fierce right to left swinger through the United six-yard box. Havertz is an inch away from running the ball in at the far post. He ends up in the net as the ball continues on its merry way.
59 min: Cavani nearly makes a sensational start in a United shirt. He’s inches away from scoring with his first touch! From the corner, Fernandes curls in low from the left towards the near post. Cavani sticks out a leg and nonchalantly swipes towards the bottom left. It shaves the outside of the post and billows the side netting. Mendy probably had it covered but you wouldn’t put too much money on it. Shades of Scholes and Sheringham.
58 min: United spring into life, Fernandes releasing Rashford down the left. There’s no space for a shot. Shaw earns a corner instead. Before it can be taken, Pogba and Cavani come on for Mata and James.
57 min: There’s not a lot going on.
55 min: Kante creams a long diagonal ball towards Chilwell on the left. Chilwell slips inside for Havertz, who loops a poor ball into the United box but nowhere near anybody in blue.
53 min: Chilwell, Pulisic and Werner combine smoothly down the left, eventually carving out a half-chance for Werner just inside the area. His shot is blocked by Maguire the second it comes off his foot.
51 min: A United corner on the left. Mata and Fernandes pull off a cute back-and-forth routine that catches Chelsea cold, the ball eventually cut back for Rashford on the edge of the box. Rashford’s shot is always going wide left. Mata tries to keep the attack going but the flag goes up for offside.
49 min: Pulisic hits the deck when dribbling along the byline to the left of the United goal. He’s eased off the ball fairly and doesn’t claim a penalty.
48 min: Dan James drives at Azpilicueta down the inside-left channel. He drops a shoulder and ... runs slap bang into the Chelsea captain, the ball squirting away harmlessly. He has the good grace not to claim a penalty kick.
46 min: Havertz threatens to break into a lot of space in the midfield, and is cynically clipped by Fred, who goes into the notebook.
United get the second half underway. No changes. It’s also still raining with extreme prejudice. Incidentally, Frank Lampard has been taking his fashion cues from Geno-era Dexys. He’s been searching for a dependable centre back, he’s been searching everywhere, he can’t find one anywhere. Where have you hidden them?
It’s also half-time in Marcus Rashford v The Man. Rashford’s running away with it; The Man should be thoroughly embarrassed with his pitiful performance. “Gorsehill is in spitting distance of Old Trafford,” writes Judith Mellor. “The Primary School is down the road from the ground. It is a rainbow nation of a school. My daughter (who is a teacher) will be volunteering for ‘Gorsehill Mums with Limited Funds’, which will be organising packed lunches for local schoolkids next week during half term. These are mums with limited funds helping those with no funds. There is a GoFundMe page.”
Both teams haven put in a curate’s egg of a performance. This match has threatened to spark into life on a few occasions, but it’s not quite happened. To be fair, everyone and everything is soaking wet. They’ll be back after 15 minutes of bliss in warm towels.
45 min +1: Havertz is booked for a cynical tug on Fred’s shirt. Mata busies himself down the right. Wan-Bissaka fires in a low cross, but it’s easily claimed by Mendy.
45 min: There will be one more minute of first-half football.
44 min: Shaw bustles in from the left but, just as things look like opening up for him, he loses control and lets the ball run through to Mendy. United are enjoying their best spell of the match. The break is coming at the wrong time for them.
43 min: The corner leads to nowt. Rashford’s good to continue.
41 min: Mata aims a curler towards the top left. Mendy does very well to tip round for a corner. The closest United have come. Before the resulting corner can be taken, Rashford gets some treatment after being clipped on the bottom of the boot by Silva. VAR checks for foul play, but again, no interest. Like the one before it, you’ve seen ‘em given. Somewhere in the multiverse, both teams have been awarded a penalty kick.
40 min: Chilwell hoicks it into the mixer. United clear. Maguire has his arm right around Azpilicueta, who wants a penalty. It’s a fair shout, Maguire giving him a good old hug from behind and dragging him down. But neither referee nor VAR show interest.
39 min: Shaw is booked for tugging away at Reece James, who was making good at great pace down the right. A free kick with promise for Chelsea. “Despite the potential howler, that Mendy save on Rashford was a shot that Kepa would have seen behind him in the net,” notes Mary Waltz.
37 min: Like Pulisic before him, Rashford could have taken another couple of steps towards goal before shooting. But he spotted a gap at the bottom left, and went for a power threader towards that. He was denied by an excellent save, to be fair.
35 min: United finally force Mendy into proper work. Jorginho is stripped of possession by Fernandes; Mata then slips Rashford away down the inside right. He reaches the area and batters towards the far corner. Mendy sticks out a leg to deflect. A fine reaction save. Rashford should probably have done better, but if there’s any time to cut him some slack, it’s now. He’s not happy with himself, though. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
34 min: Pulisic robs Fred and drives at the United defence down the right. His low diagonal shot deflects off Lindelof and out for a corner on the left. Nothing comes of the set piece.
32 min: Pulisic dances in from the left and eases past McTominay. He enters the box and takes a whack. De Gea gathers at his near post. Pulisic could have taken another step or two towards goal there, such was the gap in United’s defence, but opted to take it early. Bad decision, it turns out.
31 min: One corner leads to another, and Mendy makes up for his ludicrous error by safely gathering Fernandes’ long-range shot.
30 min: Zouma passes back to Mendy, who turns and nearly drags a pass into his own net! Fortunately for the keeper, the ball rolls out of play wide of the left-hand post. But that was nearly extremely embarrassing for Chelsea’s new keeper. It still might be if something comes from this needless corner.
29 min: McTominay finds a little bit of space 25 yards out and shapes to shoot. Pulisic bravely gets in his road.
28 min: Fred pointlessly barges into the back of Chilwell, going nowhere out on the left. Free kick. The box is loaded. Reece James spots a gap at the near post and tries to surprise De Gea by going direct for goal, but the keeper’s not falling for the trick. He’s across to gather with ease.
26 min: Havertz, on the edge of the United D, plays a cute reverse pass down the left channel in the hope of springing Werner free. There’s too much juice on the ball, and it flies out for a goal kick. I suspect the flag would have gone up for offside had Werner been able to control and shoot, but the point is moot.
25 min: Maguire meets the corner, but isn’t able to get a header goalwards. Chelsea clear. This match hasn’t taken off yet. That’s understandable given the conditions, though not what we’ve become accustomed to in this wild and wacky season.
24 min: So having said that, Wan-Bissaka sends a ball down the right, allowing Rashford to probe down the wing, and forcing Chelsea to concede a corner.
23 min: United haven’t visited Chelsea’s final third for over ten minutes.
21 min: Some sweet relief for the hosts as a loose Kante pass down the inside-left channel is ushered out of play by Wan-Bissaka for a goal kick. And something of a let-off for Fernandes, who petulantly clips Jorginho around the lug as the pair battle for space. To be fair, it was more of a stroke than anything particularly aggressive, and it would have been a ridiculously soft sending off. But catch a referee or VAR operative on a bad day, and you never know.
20 min: From the corner, Pulisic drives at McTominay down the left but the United midfielder stands strong. However United are struggling to get out of their final third. Chelsea continue to press them back.
19 min: Chelsea are beginning to dominate possession. Jorginho sprays a ball wide left for Chilwell, who earns another Chelsea corner off Wan-Bissaka.
17 min: Jorginho and Havertz combine down the right and force Shaw to concede a corner. Chilwell takes. It’s half cleared. It’s slapped back weakly by Pulisic. Neither keeper has needed to get his hands warm yet.
16 min: A pause in play as Rashford goes down, having been accidentally nutted in the back of the head by Zouma, the pair contesting a high ball. He’s up again quickly enough, good to go.
15 min: Kante is close to sliding Havertz clear down the middle, but his precision pass is well read, just in time, by Maguire.
13 min: Jorginho passes long down the right. Werner nearly latches onto the ball, but Maguire gets across in time to head away from danger. Neither team are prepared to risk too much in attack right now, perhaps mindful of their recent defensive travails.
11 min: United stroke it around awhile, not to any great effect. Both teams very much putting the feelers out at the minute.
9 min: It’s all a bit too fast at the minute. Passing sequences are at a premium right now.
7 min: It’s nice and open. Fernandes and Mata nearly open Chelsea up with a crisp one-two down the right, but Zouma gets in the road.
5 min: Pulisic drives at United down the inside-left channel. He’s got the chance to spring Werner clear through the middle, but opts to dribble his way into a shooting position. His notions of scoring are checked by Wan-Bissaka, who aquaplanes across to block.
3 min: Jorginho launches long. Lindelof stands tall against Werner to clear the danger. I hope they’ve fixed that hole in the Old Trafford roof.
2 min: The conditions are horrendous. The rain’s been hosing down for hours, and the pitch is very heavy as a result. Plenty of scope for slapstick shenanigans. Everyone quite literally finding their feet in these opening exchanges. Take care, everyone!
Chelsea get the ball rolling ... but not before everyone takes a knee. Black lives matter. There’s no room for racism. The visitors will be kicking towards the Stretford End in this first half.
The teams are out! United are in their famous red, Chelsea their storied blue. The weather in Manchester is, well, positively Mancunian ... the rain is sheeting down. We’ll be off in a minute or two. “In a season where making predictions is turning out to be a fool’s errand, there is one result that can already be called - the Guardian footballer of the Year,” writes Vibhanshu Bisht. “Unless Alisson emerges from his injury break with a Covid vaccine that he tested on himself and then gives it away for free.” There’s a lot of love around for Marcus Rashford all right, and every last bit of it richly deserved. What a seriously impressive young man. (And while we’re on the subject, here’s a quick reminder about the donation page for Gorse Hill packed lunches, as explained in this MBM’s preamble.)
Frank Lampard talks his Chelsea team up ... with caveats. “We’re doing OK. We can do better, without a doubt. We’re seeing across the league that teams are trying to find form, and we’re one of those, but our result in midweek was good because you saw a team that was solid. That’s what we’ve been striving for. But we can do better. Scoring goals hasn’t been a problem, but we’re coming to a very good team so we have to get both sides of our game right. We’re making relationships through the team so I expect progression with that. We must play with a real organisation and be confident. We know we can give Manchester United - any team - a problem.”
Should Manchester United be defeated today, they’ll equal an unwanted club record by losing their first three home games of the season. That was their fate in 1930-31, when they lost their first 12 matches straight. Their first three defeats at Old Trafford that season saw Aston Villa win 4-3, Huddersfield Town 6-0 and Newcastle United 7-4. And you thought the Spurs debacle was bad. United were unsurprisingly relegated at the end of the campaign, and manager Herbert Bamlett was sent on his way. This fiasco seems to be Bamlett’s legacy, which is slightly unfair seeing he took unfashionable Oldham Athletic to the brink of the title in 1915, but this is where we all are.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has kept his team together since Paris, staying in a hotel last night. “It was something that we wanted to do this time, keep everyone together. The atmosphere has been good, so we want to keep it going. Sometimes you have to reward players who play well, and there are a few players who deserve to be in the team. This set-up was the best we felt. You go through different scenarios, and the team that played in Paris also deserved to play again. But of course Anthony is suspended so we had to change a little bit. Every substitute is match-dependant. I hope to get Cavani on in a comfortable position, but if it is a precarious situation he’ll be a threat because he has looked really good in training.”
Pre-match reading. These two have a habit of racking up the goals. Here are a few blasts from the past as we while away the time before kick-off.
Harry Maguire is back, baby. He’s one of three changes to Manchester United from the XI named against PSG midweek. Juan Mata and Dan James also return. Making way: Alex Telles, Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe. The latter has our permission to feel a little miffed at being stood down after his excellent performance up against Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. Alongside him on the bench: Edinson Cavani, who could make his United debut this afternoon.
There’s just one change to the Chelsea side from the team picked for the goalless draw with Sevilla. The captain Cesar Azpilicueta returns; Mason Mount drops to the bench.
Manchester United: de Gea, Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Mata, Bruno Fernandes, James, Rashford.
Subs: Pogba, Cavani, Greenwood, Henderson, Matic, van de Beek, Tuanzebe.
Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Zouma, James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell, Havertz, Pulisic, Werner.
Subs: Rudiger, Abraham, Caballero, Kovacic, Giroud, Mount, Ziyech.
Welcome to our live coverage of Marcus Rashford v The Man. “Gorsehill is in spitting distance of Old Trafford,” begins Judith Mellor. “The Primary School is down the road from the ground. It is a rainbow nation of a school. My daughter (who is a teacher) will be volunteering for ‘Gorsehill Mums with Limited Funds’, which will be organising packed lunches for local schoolkids next week during half term. These are mums with limited funds helping those with no funds. There is a GoFundMe page.”
We’ll also be keeping tabs on Manchester United v Chelsea, one of the blue-riband fixtures of English football. United did the double over Chelsea last season, winning 4-0 at Old Trafford and 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, but the Blues got some revenge in the semi-final of the FA Cup with a comprehensive 3-1 victory. There are often goals when these two meet, and hopefully that’ll be the case today, with plenty of attacking talent on show and neither defence exactly on top of their game.Continue reading...
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- Tue, 27 Oct 2020 21:28:10 +0000: FK Krasnodar v Chelsea: Antonio Rudiger set to return for Blues - BBC Sport
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is "in contention" to play his first game of the season against FK Krasnodar, says manager Frank Lampard.
- Tue, 27 Oct 2020 14:17:38 +0000: Champions League LIVE: Krasnodar v Chelsea & Man Utd v RB Leipzig - BBC Sport
Follow live text and BBC Radio 5 Live commentary as Chelsea travel to Krasnodar and Man Utd host RB Leipzig in the Champions League.
- Sat, 24 Oct 2020 20:52:24 +0000: Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea: Hosts still searching for first home win this season - BBC Sport
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is adamant his team should have been awarded a penalty in Saturday's goalless draw at Manchester United.
- Sat, 24 Oct 2020 20:42:21 +0000: Man Utd 0-0 Chelsea: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels hosts missing spark from fans - BBC Sport
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the presence of fans at Old Trafford would have made a difference to their 0-0 draw with Chelsea.
- Sat, 24 Oct 2020 20:36:39 +0000: Man Utd 0-0 Chelsea: Frank Lampard frustrated with VAR over Harry Maguire 'headlock' - BBC Sport
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is frustrated by VAR's inaction over a potential penalty for a "headlock" by Harry Maguire on Cesar Azpilicueta.
Roberto DiMatteo has been a busy manager for Chelsea so far in the transfer window with a number of new signings making their way to Stamford Bridge with the Italian looking to strengthen his squad considerably after a poor premier league season. One of the first signings of the season for the club was influential winger Eden Hazard for a fee believed to be around the twenty five million pound mark with the player signing a four year deal for the current European champions.
Another player is a hot favourite to be plying his trade at the bridge next season is the highly regarded Brazilian super kid Oscar although negotiations are still ongoing to bring him to England. The Internacional playmaker is thought to be costing Chelsea a fee of around twenty five million pounds but the deal according to DiMatteo is far from being completed and could fall through at any moment if the players current side decide to barter the price for his services. The player has stated that he would like to help his country compete in the Olympic games before he puts pen to paper so Chelsea fans may have to wait a little longer before they know if they have their man.
Wigan today have again rejected a third bid from Chelsea to bring in form winger Victor Moses to the bridge as the Lactics are doing their very best to keep their star player at the club for another season. Moses who has just a single year left on his current contract with Wigan is seen as the perfect addition to the Italians plans but the offer which is thought to be around the three and a half million pound mark is thought to be way short of the Lactics valuation of the player.
Frenchman Florent Malouda is another player whos future lies in the balance at Chelsea with the winger said to be wanting to hold showdown talks with the club after moving down the pecking order at the bridge. Malouda wishes to have his future clarified before the start of the season or he will look for pastures new with the player being strongly linked with Santos who feel the player would be perfect for their needs and could offer him first team football every week.
Chelsea now also face stern opposition for the signature of Brazilian playmaker Lucas Moura who is currently under contract with Sao Paulo from clubs such as Manchester United, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. The player is widely thought to be one of the hottest prospects in world football and has an outstanding record for his home side.