Good evening, Chelsea fans. Here are your evening headlines for Monday, October 26.
Chelsea legend questions Lampard tactics
Alan Hudson has questioned Frank Lampard’s tactics for Saturday’s goalless draw at Manchester United.
Chelsea lined up with a back three at Old Trafford, playing a more conservative gameplan with N’Golo Kante and Jorginho in double pivot ahead of them.
The 69-year-old, who won the 1971 Cup Winners’ Cup with Chelsea, believes that the approach stifled the threat from marquee summer signings Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.
“Frank was desperate to stop conceding so set his stall out to do so, therefore not having a shot on goal at the other end for so long, and in 90 minutes less than any other match this season,” the former Blues midfielder told CaughtOffside.
“He has now got himself into quite a predicament and is ‘stuck in the middle’. After two 0-0s he’s put himself in a very tricky situation as to how to go about future matches. The creativity was clear – there was none, and the whole team were tuned into keeping a clean sheet as a defeat would have been harmful.
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“The strange thing is, even though they’ve been disappointing in drawing 3-3 against West Brom and Southampton – not title-winning form – they would have been 3rd had they won. But that wasn’t his objective (against Man Utd) and he was fortunate that Solskjaer had the exact same idea.”
Former referee explains why Cesar Azpilicueta penalty appeal was waved away
Dermot Gallagher has elaborated on why Chelsea weren’t awarded a penalty in Saturday’s clash with Manchester United.
Cesar Azpilicueta appeared to have been manhandled by United defender Harry Maguire, prompting the game’s major talking point, with questions over VAR failing to intervene in on-field referee Martin Atkinson’s decision not to give a…