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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

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 26, 2018 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #161


    If rather see us play football and lose 5 nil than watch this dross and lose 2 1

  • Black and white armpit

    Aug 26, 2018 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #162

    yeah because that’ll do wonders for our goal difference… what a divvy

  • Abbott

    Aug 26, 2018 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #163

    Horrible ref decision again

    Like deja vu with refs.

    If not red card, its an incorrect penalty….

    Chelski always filming over reacting in all encounters…. so frustrating with another sad ref preformance

  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 26, 2018 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #164

    I have no complaints with how we played, before the ref ruined the game, rafas game plan was working a treat, they couldn’t break us down and all these points(we may of had) he picks up benefit us come the end of the season…if we tried to match Chelsea they would of torn us apart

  • big bob

    Aug 26, 2018 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #165

    And so it begins doom and gloom from all the so called fans did anyone expect us to win against a team who will be top 4 and we will be bottom half no lascells shelvey or Kennedy Rafa said he needed quality and didn’t get backed Chelsea bench consisted of players costing 25 million + people need to get realistic and bear in mind they are in a different league to us and this is where we are at with an owner like we have

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 26, 2018 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #166

    typical troll response. Defending is part of football young padwan.

  • Our Toon

    Aug 26, 2018 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #167

    Well the apparently the guy on charge of refs has said if VAR was used in that incident then it would have been a pen. Surprised at that as I thought he won the ball first, apparently the scissor action is what penalised him.

    I honestly can’t keep up with these rule changes on tackles

  • kimbo

    Aug 26, 2018 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #168

    Fat cockney bas***d get out of our cloob

  • jimiley

    Aug 26, 2018 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #169

    Rather lose than play like that.
    We can attack and did so at the end.
    Tactics for 80 minutes:::.
    Hoof it out the box and wait there for their next attack. We played Chelsea off the park 10 weeks ago.
    Rafa tactics stink

  • big bob

    Aug 26, 2018 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #171

    We played Chelsea off park yes last game of season Chelsea weren’t interested had fa cup final to play for we were safe so no pressure you need to get a grip on reality this isn’t football manager if you attack teams like Chelsea we would get slaughtered we are poor but do are 10 other teams and that is where we are in the league these days

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 26, 2018 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #172

    Who was impressed with Ki and Rondon? Really…

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 26, 2018 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #173

    C-dog…it says Lascelles was drop by Rafa because he had a burst up seeing as Rafa wanted to play 3 at the back…

    …though he parked the bus and played 5

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