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Chelsea star complains about ‘arms around my neck’ during Man Utd goalless draw | Football | Sport

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta felt he should have had a penalty during the goalless draw with Manchester United as he was bundled to the ground by Harry Maguire midway through the first half.

The 31-year-old’s appeals were turned down by referee Martin Atkinson and VAR did not take a look at the incident.

United pushed the hardest for a breakthrough but Edouard Mendy was in impressive form between the sticks.

After the match Azpilicueta expressed his strong opinion that referees should be using the pitch-side monitor more.

“On the pitch I felt yes and I felt arms around my neck and shoulders,” the Spaniard said.

“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.

“We have a long season to go and hopefully we can keep improving. We have the quality to do it.”

After conceding three late goals against West Ham last time out, Frank Lampard laid out his team to be more cautious.

However, Azpilicueta feels his side could have gambled as the game was there for the taking.

“I have the feeling we could have done more,” Azpilicueta added. “We found spaces but we didn’t create the last pass or pick the right pass or make the right decisions.

“We defended solid and they have at the end one save by Edouard [Mendy] and in the first half one mistake by us, but we could do more.

“For moments we had spells. In the first half we controlled better but in the second half sometimes we rushed it and didn’t move the ball good enough.

“We lost possession too easily which meant we lost some control but we showed solidity and it was a great effort from everybody. Obviously we want more.”
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