Daniel Farke and Frank Lampard may have lost out in the Premier League openers but their bravery was a wider theme
Two minutes have gone at Anfield and Norwich City are trying to play out from the back. Sam Allardyce is out there somewhere and his eyes are already narrowing. Steam is coming out of his ears as Grant Hanley shanks into his own net in the seventh minute and that vein on his head is throbbing furiously as Norwich continue to attack against the European champions. By the time an unmarked Divock Origi heads Liverpool into a 4-0 lead in the 42nd minute Allardyce has exploded. There are pieces of Big Sam everywhere. Oh, what a mess.
Fortunately Allardyce is pieced back together in time to take the airwaves and pat managerial novice Frank Lampard on the head as his Chelsea side lose 4-0 to Manchester United. As José Mourinho points out on television, Lampard is guilty of vast naivety. Mourinho’s former midfielder has told Chelsea to be expansive and it has ended in disaster. The elders are withering in their disapproval. On the radio Allardyce is criticising Chelsea’s tactical indiscipline and Mourinho, speaking from the comfort of a television studio, is aghast at how easy it has been for United.