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Reports – Benitez And Lascelles Fall Out After Argument In Training


NBC Sports reported before the game today at St. James’ Park they were hearing rumors that Rafa Benitez and captain Jamaal Lascelles had a fall-out in training this week,

The news is Rafa wanted Jamaal to play on the right of a back three for the Chelsea game and Jamaal is reported to have refused.

We assume Rafa would play Federico Fernandez in the middle.

If that’s true then it’s the very last thing we want to happen – problems within the squad – self-inflicted.

Especially between the manager and captain who have both been outstanding over the last two successful seasons.

Rafa Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles in happier times

When you look at it – if the news is true – then Jamaal is at fault because he should play where Rafa wants him to play.

And Rafa seems to have quickly put his foot down and didn’t include Jamaal in the squad for today’s game against Chelsea.

There were even rumors this morning that Jamaal would not be in the squad.

Oh my – now we really need a win today.

Comments welcome.


173 comments so far

  • jane

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #1

    “NBC Sports reported before the game today they were hearing rumors that Rafa Benitez and captain Jamaal Lascelles had a fall-out in training this week,”

    strange that if this happened on Thursday it only surfaces when the team was announced.

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  • jane

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #2

    keeping Chelsea quiet so far.

    Fulham 1 Burnley 1 after 10 mins

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Footballers argue jane. Not always serious

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  • Toon Tang

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #4

    I wouldn’t wanna get into a running race with yedlin for the last custard slice

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Wicked cross from Dummett.

    Bit more like it.

    No shots on target for either side yet.

    Yedlin’s recovery pace stymied that attack there, was 2 on 2 for a moment.

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Fantastic run by Yedlin on the outside of Rondón there. That’s what we need to see. On the Chelsea front, even if Hazard can’t continue with that niggle, they have Willian and Loftus-Cheek on the bench. Scary.

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  • Sliema

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Well I guess it’s to plan so far. Just got to shift our line up when we have the ball and take our time a tad.

    I can see us nicking one on the counter though if we can hold them out long enough.

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  • jane

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #8

    no lack of effort

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Ksy looking like neither a defender nor a creative player

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #10

    God save from Dubs, down early makes it look comfy.

    Bit more open now. Not sure it’s what we want, but need to pose a threat.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #11

    Mitro makes it 2.1 fulham

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Mitro make it 3-1, double for the serb

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  • Canuck Mag

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #13

    2 headers in 2 mins for mitro

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  • Sliema

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Forget about Mitro already 😛

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Mitro makes it 3.1 2 for him ffs

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #16

    Mitro at the double for Fulham 🙁

    Howay Rondon, get 1 from this freekick.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Why should i forget him he was never giving a chance he’llcome back to get us belive me

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  • Canuck Mag

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #18

    Wow 5 goals in Burnley Fulham. Neutrals chose poorly if they are watching us

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Ki not committed to that, could’ve got there first and taken a clattering for a penalty.

    Good deliveries from corners to the back stick, nobody positioned for the nod back across though on both occasions.

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  • Sliema

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #20

    It was a joke mate relax… Plus I disagree. 😛

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #21

    If true about Lascelles he’ll be gone in the jan transfer window teams falling part lads time will tell if its true or not.

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  • Sliema

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Chelsea look really dodgy defending set pieces.

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #23

    can anyone get there head around how we are crying out for a striker, he deemed Mitro not good enough, then sold him for the bargain price of 22 million.

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  • ctommo

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #24

    good for Mitro, let’s hope that game ends a draw though.
    Personally I like what Rondon has done so far, plenty of effort in what must seem an impossible job up there by himself. Need to see a bit more from Ki on the ball, hopefully he can bring Murphy into the game too

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #25

    Dummett teeing it up for Pedro there unbeknownst to him. Somebody should’ve give him a shout.

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  • davetoon

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #26

    Would be alright if we actually spent the Mitro money

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  • Sliema

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #27

    Davetoon

    Story of our decade

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #28

    This has been shocking to watch, really disappointed by our tactics for a home game. Hopefully we actually attempt to be an attacking threat rather than hoping to pinch a goal.

    Last season we were more attacking against Chelsea and fully deserved the win

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Sliema it just pissing me off that we sell a player who i knew would come good with a run in a team not as a sub or 1 game in ten and a manger that belive in him thats the difference bro

    1
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #30

    A very boring game, just as Rafa would want it I think short of us pinching one.

    They seem intent on trying to hypnotically pass us into a lapse in concentration in search for the perfect chance.

    Muto and Perez 2 high-energy opportunists on the bench if it’s still the same with 30-20 left.

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  • jimiley

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #31

    You are finished at the Toon if you fall out with Benitez. Does he hold a grudge. You better believe it.

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  • lesh

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #32

    Ed

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #33

    Edd

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  • DaveD1000

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #34

    Chelsea possession coming to nothing.
    The Right Murphy doing good.
    Rondon and yedders link could grow.
    For a team who have no JohnJo or Capt Marvel and a bunch of new guys we are doing ok.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #35

    Cannot keep chasing the ball surely – they’ll crack eventually. Must be knackered.
    Team = sporadically 1 or 2 forward – no midfield – packed defence.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #36

    What an enthralling edge of the seat game, we look likely to conceed but have also had chances at the other end.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #37

    Squad does look a bit threadbare. Do not like the rumours of a bust up between Rafa and Lascelles.

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  • Pottsclock

    Aug 26, 2018 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #38

    I cannot honestly believe that Lascelles would refuse to play in a back three. I can imagine, though, that he would argue if not selected because Rafa wants to rest a small injury that Lascelles has. Lascelles as captain and the personality he is would want to play against Chelsea.

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  • Jib

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #39

    Rafa: “Jammal had an ankle problem and we decided we had enough with what we had. That’s it.”

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  • Moonraker15

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #40

    If we get to 70 mins we’ll push out, Chelsea will be knackered. Rafa is a genius getting our lads organised like this he really is!
    1-0 to us !

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