Frank Lampard got his first Premier League win of the season yesterday, and Blues fans rejoiced!
There are some points to raise, but yesterday I just enjoyed the win, and the excitement surrounding it.
Today, lets reflect.
First of all, the ugly..
I’ve never been against VAR, until now. Yesterday it missed at least two massive clear decisions.
Cesar Azpilicueta got kicked in the knee in their penalty box, VAR reviewed it, and said no penalty. To literally anybody else, there was no debate, it absolutely was a penalty.
Then there was a clear stamp on the foot of Mason Mount by Ben Godfrey, who was nowhere near the ball.
Again, reviewed by VAR, deemed no foul. Unbelievable.
Are these video assistant referees up to the same standards as match day referees? I debate that.
How are they missing these obvious incidents? Unless this improves vastly and VAR are more gutsy with their decisions, this will only frustrate everybody even more. There needs to be massive improvements in the standard of these assistants.
Like a knife through butter
There were concerning moments in the game yesterday where Chelsea’s midfield and defence were walked through as easy as a knife slicing through butter.
We lacked physicality, urgency, leadership, and concentration in the defensive phase. This meant that every time Norwich attacked with purpose, they looked like scoring.
This is a major concern right now, we are leaking goals as a result.
We’ll end on a positive, the good…
You can’t win anything with kids
The famous quote from Alan Hansen in 1995, who criticised then-Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson for playing a young side. We all know what happened after that and for the next generation.
Yesterday Lampard fielded Chelsea’s youngest starting line up since 1994.
Chelsea’s goal scorers to win the game? Mason Mount, and Tammy Abraham, two academy graduates. You couldn’t make it up, could you?
Not only that, they played well, as did the whole team. The Blues controlled large periods of the match, and this ‘youngest team’ did themselves no harm at all.
The best thing is, they proved many critics wrong, even many critics bizarrely, from their own fan base!