Referee Anthony Taylor showed that why more often than not English referees should not be kept in charge of finals.
A series of bad lopsided decisions, that coincidentally all went against Chelsea may just have cost them a silverware this season.
It started with a yellow card to Mateo Kovacic that never should have been, followed by a build-up to the goal for Arsenal’s second that should have been pulled back.
Then the worse and more glaring ones came when Kovacic was sent off that was nowhere near a first yellow let alone a second. And finally he and his VAR team failed to see that Arsenal goalie Martinez was about a feet of his line outside the box to collect the ball.
We can talk about refereeing but at the end of the day it is not all that cost Chelsea the final. The Blues were themselves a poor version of their usual self and the Chelsea team’s story has been such all season – there is a lack of intensity and concentration in key moments and in the final, a lethal Aubameyang was there to make the Blues pay.
There cant be and isnt any defending of Anthony Taylor but Lampard was right to point out that Chelsea did not play their part in the final either.