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    • To be fair, he only made 81% of his passes, made zero tackles, only 1/4 made crosses, lost 3 of his 8 duels and created zero chances. Sounds pedantic to mention when he scored 4 goals, but these game scores are designed to reward for good plays and penalize for poor ones. It’s a quantitative, not qualitative analysis.    Similarly, Loturi made 70% of his passes, missed his one cross, lost both his tackles, 5/9 on ground duels, 2/9 on aerial duals and picked up a yellow, hence his poor score.    Catch-all stats have to be weighed with the eye test- as you say, Cole Palmer had as close to a perfect game as you can get, so him getting a 9.7 or a 10 or whatever is irrelevant, but if you’re trying to quantify a player’s performance, you have to pick at every data point possible. 
    • An incredible playing career. No doubt. From a managerial stand point, so far like Gerrard and a couple of other ex big name PL players, Lampard has had so much protection from buddies in the press and big opportunies without much merit. He has ultimately flopped everywhere.  Derby is his best performance. However he inhereted a fantastic set up at Derby County, a team that had been geared for promotion foe a while. He also received backing with three big signings in Waghorn, and Ashley Cole plus 7 more including big loans in Tomori, Mason Mount and Harry Wilson. They were one of the favourites to get promoted, they scraped into the playoffs by a point, ultimately falling to Villa in the final.  When he left for Chelsea Lampards record was actually worse than both his predecessors Gary Rowett and Steve Maclaren. Chelsea gave him a tricky hand with the transfer ban but he also inherited and incredible squad and more so an embarrasment of riches in there reserves and youth systems. A 4th finishand FA Cup final was good in a challenging season but more was expected. He went backwards quickly in the second season, falling out with players and down the table, subsequently getting fired. At Everton he took a team 4 points off relegation and managed to avoid relegation on the last day of the season. Season two, same story as Chelsea. Sinking fast and spiraling horribly, fired. Again maybe dealt a tricky hand but was backed with well over $100m spent on transfers. I a move almost as baffling as Newcastle hiring the late great Joe Kinnear (RIP) he returned to Chelsea to mastermind both the first bottom-half finish since 1996 and a record low points total and goals scored in the PL era. He was dismissed leabing with the worst win record (9%) of any Chelsea manager.  From day one he has seemed out of his depth managerially imo.  To me Henry would have been a better appointment and I want neither. At least Henry has international coaching experience. Lampard does have experience working with some of the best in the world, handling big egos (didn't always go well) but more importantly a history of working with youth which I could see ticking some boxes for us.  There are lots of unknowns stepping into an international job though and some people can excel without the burden of transfers. I have never seen anyone suggesting his is an innovative coach though. Just the archetypal British clogger run and play hard manager that is tremendously overhyped by the British press and pundits. Happy to see it's not happening.
    • Annoying to see. Bristol are another team that are guaranteed to finish in the middle. They can't get promoted or relegated; why not play the youth?
    • He made an amazing tackle at the top of the box late in the second half when Rangers were pressing for an equalizer. The importance and timing of the tackle may be colouring some people's view of his overall performance. I only watched the last 10ish minutes, so I can't comment on how his overall game went.
    • Both these things can be true.  Be intellingent in your defensive positioning and still laking for the ball.   Point stands though.
    • Diaz, Bitar and Borges are no-brainers.  From what I saw anyway.  Not suggesting the others aren't as worthy just those three stood out to my eye (along with Twardek who really looked like he was enjoying the structure there on the weekend).
    • I can't take it any more.  It's been in my head all day and I need to know. What's the eagle's name? Is it a he?  Is it a she?  Can we turn the answer into a drinking game? (Phefff.  What am I saying?  "Can we?".  Of course we can.)
    • Officially can't get relegated! and can't get a European spot. Give the young man some minutes!  
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