FRANK LAMPARD appears to believe English managers are judged more harshly than foreign managers.
Frank Lampard (above) succeeded Maurizio Sarri, an Italian, who amassed 72 points in his one and only season as Chelsea manager.
Frank Lampard, in his one and only full season as Chelsea manager, amassed 66 points.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea of 2019/20 conceded 54 Premier League goals.
Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea of 2018/19 conceded 39 goals.
Lampard, a quintessential English talent, remains feted by most elements of our media.
Sarri, a quintessential chainsmoking Italian remains a derisory figure in so many English eyes.
If there is one thing Lampard is not… it is judged too harshly.
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Louis van Gaal
MANY of us have a pop at footballers when they cover their mouths when talking to each other. But now we know why they do it.
Karim Benzema had to apologise to Real Madrid teammate Vinicius Junior after cameras and microphones picked up his chat with Ferland Mendy at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Ahead of the second half, he told Mendy not to pass to Vinicius who, said Benzema, was ‘playing against us’.
If you had watched the first half, you would have seen Benzema had a point. But he has had to say sorry. Maybe we are just a bit TOO intrusive at times.