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Man United vs Chelsea: What Lampard Said About Maguire-Azpilicueta Penalty Appeal Incident

Man United vs Chelsea: What Lampard Said About Maguire-Azpil

Chelsea trainer, Frank Lampard has dismissed the suggestion that his players should have 'appealed more' for a contentious penalty shout moment involving Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire and César Azpilicueta.

AllNews reports that Maguire held his opposite skipper down as Reece James swung in a dangerous cross for Chelsea into the United box from the right wing.

But neither the centre-referee, Martin Atkinson, nor the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) deemed the incident worthy enough to be checked genuinely for a penalty.

Lampard suggests that he felt that Azpilicueta should have been awarded a penalty and he added that he is 'surprised' at how 'quickly' VAR made its decision.

According to the tactician, VAR should have intervened to a greater extent.

Furthermore, the Englishman praised goalkeeper Edouard Mendy's performance on the evening.

"His performance was very good," Lampard said at his post-match press conference.

"He showed what he is there for and that is why we brought him in.

"I'm delighted with the saves today."

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Man United vs Chelsea: Azpilicueta hits out at VAR

Meanwhile, Azpilicueta has aired his thoughts that the decision could have gone either way but was surprised that referee, Atkinson didn't take a moment to review the decision.

"A good question," said the Chelsea star when asked whether he was fouled.

"On the pitch, I felt yes and I felt arms around my neck and shoulders.

"The referee can make the decision, the VAR is there [to help].

"In any situation, the referee takes the main decisions and the monitor is there for him to help.

"It was 50-50 so why not take 20 seconds to review it?

"I think VAR can improve a lot.

"It happens, it is football/

"I don't say every time there is contact there should be a penalty.

"In England, there is strong physical contact.

"In football and in the Premier League always we should seek improvement - it is not a criticism, we can all help together to make a better league."

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