Frank Lampard was in no mood to play the blame game after an error from Thiago Silva on his Premier League debut and says the Brazil centre-back will become crucial for Chelsea.

Silva was at fault for the second of West Brom's three first-half goals at The Hawthorns, as the Blues had to fight back from an error-strewn opening 45 minutes to draw 3-3 thanks to Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham.

It was the veteran defender's first action in the Premier League at the age of 36 and it was an unfortunate slip in an otherwise steady top-flight bow.

Chelsea boss Lampard said Silva is experienced enough to own up to his mistakes without the need for him to pile in too.

"Listen Thiago Silva is going to be fantastic for us, he's been incredible in his career," Lampard told a post-match news conference. 

"I will not look at him, I can talk about the mistakes - they're clear and we have to be open and honest about that, but I'll not put any blame on him. We're a team that has to react around that and to be fair the team did in the second half. 

"It's nothing on Thiago, I'm sure he'll stand up and say it was a mistake, other than that I thought he was faultless in the game.

"That's his first Premier League game done and in the bank, we'll get more from him as he gets fitter and the team gets fitter." 

Chelsea's equaliser had a hint of fortune, with Kai Havertz potentially handballing in the area in the build-up.

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic, who also felt there a was a foul prior to Hudson-Odoi bringing it back to 3-2, had no doubts the gal should have been chalked off.

"The third goal is very difficult to accept," Bilic said. "For me that is so clear that I don't even want to talk about it, it is obvious. 

"It's not maybe, it's not possibly handball, it is handball that's end of story, full stop. How someone can say that's not a handball is beyond me."

Frank Lampard warned his Chelsea side they must quickly cut out basic mistakes but insists the Blues remain a work in progress after fighting back for a 3-3 draw at West Brom.

Chelsea were staring down the barrel of an unexpected defeat at The Hawthorns after an inept display of defending saw them 3-0 down inside 27 minutes.

Errors from Marcos Alonso and Premier League debutant Thiago Silva saw Callum Robinson score twice before Kyle Bartley benefitted from more poor defending at a corner.

But Mason Mount and substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi brought Chelsea back into the game before a third academy graduate in the form of Tammy Abraham rescued a point in injury time.

"It's two points dropped and that's no disrespect to West Brom," Chelsea boss Lampard told Sky Sports. 

"But to come here and sort of understand the game and know that transition and mistakes is something they'd try to jump on, counter-attack against us and [use] set-pieces – we spoke about it before the game and you can't legislate for pure mistakes, which they were today. 

"Then it gives you a really difficult game to get back in to. I can laud character because we showed character and persistence but we didn't need to if we did things properly in the game.

"They were clear mistakes, the first one Marcos heads it into the middle of the pitch for them to make the transition. The Thiago one is a mistake, he's been around long enough to know that and we'll certainly give him that one in his first game. Then Marcos loses his man for the third goal from the corner. 

"You can do as many meetings as you want, if you make those mistakes you're going to give yourself a mountain to climb."

Lampard felt the introductions of Cesar Azpilicueta and Hudson-Odoi at half-time brought a different dimension to Chelsea.

"It brought a bit of urgency, a bit of speed of pass to move it," he added. 

"Azpi brings personality straight into the team even at left-back. Callum one-v-one brought something different, he got at people. Those are things Callum can and needs to do, he made a big difference."

Lampard said the fact Chelsea created going forward meant it was an easy message to try and lift his team at the break and is convinced a new-look squad will come good.

"We created two or three really great chances in first half and i thought we'd create more," he said. 

"The only problem when you're 3-0 down is West Brom are going to seriously protect the lead which means dropping back, frustrating moments and it was about staying patient. We did that to a big degree. 

"But it's a lesson for us in the detail of a game, it doesn't how much you create, and we will create a lot, we will get better.

"We're definitely finding our way with new players in the team and a lack of pre-season. 

"Part of the process of getting better is accepting things that aren't right in our game today because we lost two points."

Tammy Abraham revealed the words of wisdom from Frank Lampard that provided the catalyst for Chelsea's comeback in an entertaining 3-3 draw at West Brom.

The Blues were sloppy in defence as the Baggies went 3-0 up inside 27 minutes at The Hawthorns, where Thiago Silva endured a rude awakening on his Premier League debut.

But the visitors were able to breathe a sigh of relief after a second-half revival in which Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi scored before Abraham netted a stoppage-time leveller.

And the England forward praised the impact his manager made at half-time in picking his side up off the floor.

"We all went in and our heads were down and he had to lift us up," Abraham told Sky Sports.

"He said we didn't look like a team ready to go out and win and we needed to pick each other up in the second half.

"Thankfully Mason got the goal which meant we could believe. I knew we'd get chances but to come back from 3-0 is never easy. The boys deserve credit, they kept going."

The opening 45 minutes was a strange spectacle indeed, with Slaven Bilic's men finding themselves three goals to the good despite having very little of the game.

And Abraham conceded Chelsea had made life hard for themselves, while lamenting a missed opportunity of his own.

"In the first half we made it difficult for ourselves. I had a chance I should have put away and one I should be taking at this level," he said.

"They scored from every shot. We knew we had to come out in the second half and not drop our heads – and that's what we did.

"We need to cut out the mistakes as a team so we don't concede. We need to be strong together and keep encouraging one another."

Tammy Abraham's last-gasp goal completed Chelsea's rescue mission following a shambolic first half in a breathless 3-3 draw at West Brom.

The Baggies were gifted three goals inside 27 minutes at The Hawthorns with Callum Robinson scoring twice after shoddy defending from Marcos Alonso and 36-year-old Premier League debutant Thiago Silva.

Kyle Bartley made it 3-0 after more poor work at a corner but Mason Mount's well-struck 55th-minute effort was backed up by substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi putting the finishing touch on a great Chelsea move.

West Brom then buckled under the sheer weight of pressure in five additional minutes as Abraham tapped in from close range after Sam Johnstone saved Kai Havertz's shot.

Chelsea endured a nightmare opening 45 minutes against West Brom and in the process equalled an unwanted stat across the whole of last season in just their third Premier League game.

The Blues were 3-0 down at half-time at The Hawthorns, the first coming after Marcos Alonso's poor header allowed Matheus Pereira to pick out Callum Robinson to provide a fine finish across Willy Caballero.

Premier League debutant Thiago Silva, at the ripe old age of 36, was then comically caught napping and slipped before Robinson raced clear to put West Brom into a two-goal lead.

A third arrived via Kyle Bartley following more suspect defending at a corner and Chelsea have now made three errors directly leading to goal in just three top-flight matches this term.

That represents as many as the Blues made in the entirety of the disrupted 2019-20 campaign, which was Lampard's first in charge of the club.

Additionally, at three minutes and 20 seconds, Robinson's was the earliest goal Chelsea have conceded since May 2017, while Silva is the first outfield player to make an error leading to a goal on debut in the Premier League since Issa Diop for West Ham against Arsenal in August 2018.

Kepa Arrizabalaga has been dropped for Chelsea's clash at West Brom as Willy Caballero starts and Thiago Silva makes his Premier League debut as captain.

Spanish goalkeeper Kepa gifted Sadio Mane a second goal with a terrible mistake in Liverpool's 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge last Sunday and looks set to be on his way out of the London club.

Caballero came into the side for the 6-0 EFL rout of Barnsley in midweek and retains his place, with Kepa on the bench.

The signing of Edouard Mendy, who is not ready to start, from Rennes on Thursday made it clear that Kepa does not appear to be in Frank Lampard's plans, with reports he could be set for a loan move.

Silva made his Blues bow against Barnsley and will play in the English top flight for the first time in place of Kurt Zouma - who is not among the substitutes - at the Hawthorns, where he will lead Lampard's side

Jorginho drops to the bench, while striker Tammy Abraham also comes into the side.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted a lack of sharpness was the reason behind Manchester United conceding goals as he ruled out adding a centre-back in the transfer window.

United secured a 3-2 win at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday thanks to a last-gasp penalty from Bruno Fernandes, who converted from the spot in the 10th minute of additional time.

However, having conceded three times when losing their Premier League opener at home to Crystal Palace, defensive deficiencies were again a topic of conversation after the final whistle on the south coast.

Neal Maupay and Solly March both scored for Brighton, the latter in the 95th minute to make it 2-2, while the home side were denied five times by the woodwork as they had 18 attempts at goal.

Leandro Trossard was particularly unlucky, becoming the first player to hit the woodwork on three occasions in a Premier League match since Cristiano Ronaldo in October 2006, as Solskjaer retained faith in Victor Lindelof despite his difficult outing against Palace.

"We've got many defenders here and I put Eric (Bailly) on to bolster the defence, following the runs of Trossard and Maupay," Solskjaer said in his media conference.

"For me, we've got enough good centre-backs here at the moment.

"When you concede chances and concede goals, there are two different things you can look at - it's either the team shape, or are there any individual mistakes.

"We're not in our best shape of form, our shape isn't there, we're not sharp enough to stop crosses or follow the runs.

"We're a little bit behind, that's more structural mistakes than individual mistakes. I thought Victor did well today."

United have been linked with a new defender, media reports suggesting they are interested in Porto left-back Alex Telles.

Solskjaer promised the players he currently has in his squad will improve as they play more matches after a shortened pre-season. They play Brighton again on Wednesday, this time in the EFL Cup. 

"We've got to be honest enough to say they created the most chances. Maybe 50-50 possession but they had loads of shots, big chances and that's not what we want. We need to improve a lot in the weeks coming forward," the Norwegian boss said.

"The spirit and character of the boys I don't question at all, the spirit is there. The sharpness and fitness might not be, but it is going to come.

"We've got three or four weeks to catch up and the more games we play, the more 90 minutes we get, we'll be sharper and sharper."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer conceded Manchester United "got away with one" after stealing a last-gasp 3-2 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in an instant Premier League classic.

Bruno Fernandes' stoppage-time penalty, awarded after the final whistle had initially been blown, was the last twist in an astonishing match at the Amex Stadium, where the hosts struck the woodwork five times.

Brighton had levelled with an injury-time goal of their own from Solly March to seemingly earn a richly deserved share of the spoils, but Neal Maupay – who had earlier netted a Panenka spot-kick – was penalised for a handball in the box and Fernandes sealed the points in dramatic fashion.

"We got away with one to be fair," United boss Solskjaer told BT Sport after a game in which Lewis Dunk scored an own goal and Marcus Rashford netted a superb solo strike.

"When they equalised you thought that's two points lost, or maybe one point was what we deserved.

"I don't think we deserved more, but the character they showed deserved more. The reaction to the first goal, we started playing, the reaction to the second goal as well, we went straight up the other end and created a corner. 

"That's a big thing for us compared to last season. We had too many draws; we were the team that had the least defeats, apart from Liverpool, but we had too many draws, so that's a big plus for us."

Solskjaer gave credit to Graham Potter's side, who will wonder how they emerged empty-handed from a contest in which they were the better side.

"They created too much for my liking, but they are a difficult team to play against," he said.

"We tried to press but they've got really good ball players at the back who played really well.

"We don't have the legs and sharpness still, but we will get there."

Bruno Fernandes has risked the wrath of Brighton and Hove Albion fans as he dismissed their misfortune in Saturday's 3-2 defeat to Manchester United, during which Graham Potter's men hit the frame of the goal five times.

In a remarkable contest at the Amex Stadium, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men somehow came away with three points despite seemingly being second-best for the majority of the game.

Brighton had 18 shots in total, to United's seven, while the home side were incredibly denied by the post or crossbar on five separate occasions, with Leandro Trossard accounting for three of them.

Despite those issues, Brighton appeared to seal a deserved point when Solly March turned home in the fifth minute of stoppage time, but with the last kick of the game, Fernandes slotted in a penalty after Neal Maupay had handled in the area.

And Fernandes seemingly had little sympathy.

"Brighton did very well but maybe because we are not as aggressive as we want to be," Fernandes told BT Sport.

"We need to recover more balls, press better, lose less possession. They had a lot of chances too, maybe Brighton deserved more, I don't know – but the point is score goals not hit the bar or post. Sometimes it happens to us – you see the game against Sevilla in the Europa League. We shoot I think 40 times at the goal and score once with the penalty only.

"Sometimes you have to have some luck, some defenders defending well and also the goalkeeper, because David did very well today, and also all the defence.

"Okay, in the goals we can do better, we can all agree, but we will work on that."

Victory sees United kick-start their season after beginning it with a 3-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace last time out, but once again Solskjaer's shaky defence has given the Norwegian plenty to think about.

Brighton and Hove Albion must wonder what they had done to upset the footballing gods after repeatedly hitting the post and crossbar in their 3-2 defeat to Manchester United.

The Premier League setback for Graham Potter's side was a harsh reflection on their performance, with Brighton's luck emphatically out at the Amex Stadium.

They hit the woodwork three times before netting the opening goal in the 40th minute when Neal Maupay converted a penalty.

Across the entire match, Brighton hit the frame of the goal five times – more than any team in a Premier League game since Opta began collecting such data in 2003.

Leandro Trossard was the unluckiest of all Brighton's players, with the Belgian winger hitting the post twice in the first half and then rattling the crossbar after the break.

That made Trossard the first player to hit the woodwork three times in a Premier League game since Cristiano Ronaldo did so for Manchester United against Newcastle United in October 2006.

"Unbelievable, the feeling I can't describe, we were the better team today," Trossard told BBC Sport.

"We deserved at least a point, it's a shame. There were five minutes added on and we played at least seven. Sometimes it's just not your day.

"We had a lot of chances and to lose like that is the worst feeling you can get in a game. We played really good.

"It was one of those days, the ball didn't want to go in. We need to take the positives out of the game."

The player who scored the goals when the Red Devils beat Newcastle 2-0 was on Saturday witnessing his team benefit from Brighton's misfortune.

It was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's double that saw off the Magpies, and 14 years later he could count the United team he now manages particularly lucky to take all three points at Brighton.

An own goal from Lewis Dunk cancelled out Maupay's penalty, while Solly March equalised in the 95th minute after Marcus Rashford's fine solo strike.

However, there was a bitter blow for the Seagulls, as Bruno Fernandes buried a penalty 10 minutes into stoppage time to snatch the victory.

Bruno Fernandes scored a penalty with the last kick of an astonishing game as Manchester United stole a 3-2 win over a Brighton and Hove Albion side who struck the woodwork five times.

The Portuguese kept his cool to settle matters at the end of a dramatic encounter at the Amex Stadium in which United rode their luck to the extreme.

Brighton, showing no signs of fatigue despite facing a fifth game in 13 days, hit both posts and the crossbar in the first half before breaking the deadlock via Neal Maupay's nerveless Panenka penalty.

United – needing a response to their limp opening-game loss to Crystal Palace – levelled within 187 seconds, though, Lewis Dunk unfortunate to divert past Mat Ryan from close range after Fernandes' set-piece caused problems.

Referee Chris Kavanagh chalked off a penalty he had awarded early in the second half after reviewing the incident himself, allowing Paul Pogba to breathe a sigh of relief after Aaron Connolly took a tumble.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men made full use of the reprieve as Marcus Rashford, having just seen a goal disallowed, brilliantly danced his way into the box and fired home via a deflection off Dunk.

Graham Potter was cursing his luck when Solly March and Leandro Trossard hit the post and crossbar respectively, before jumping for joy when the former headed in a stoppage-time equaliser.

But the drama was not over and Maupay handled Harry Maguire's header, which was cleared off the line by March, allowing Fernandes to wrap up the points from the spot in a game that will live long in the memory.

Thiago Alcantara will take Liverpool to "another level" as Jurgen Klopp seeks to build a new era of dominance at Anfield.

That is the view of Reds team-mate Sadio Mane, who was thrilled to see the midfielder swap European champions Bayern Munich for the 2019-20 Premier League winners.

It is a signing that has captured the imagination of Liverpool fans and players alike, with Mane – who also welcomed Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas – delighted to have the Spain international on board.

"I think not only the fans are excited to see Thiago," he told the club's official website.

"For sure, especially me and my team-mates were really happy to have this kind of quality in our squad. It only makes us better.

"I can see from day one in training and the game against Chelsea what he is doing. And I'm sure he will take us to another level, for sure.

"And we're looking forward to seeing Kostas and Diogo Jota as well, who is a really good signing for us. I'm really happy to have him as well.

"They are good players and they will also take us to another level, which for us is something incredible, and for the fans as well."

Mane scored both goals in the 2-0 win over Chelsea which marked Thiago's debut off the bench, and it was a lively cameo from the newcomer.

Thiago's 75 completed passes represented the highest tally any player has recorded in a maximum of 45 minutes in the Premier League since Opta began collecting such data in 2003.

He will hope to catch the eye again when Arsenal head to Merseyside on Monday, with Klopp's men having also beaten Leeds United to make it a 100 per cent start to their title defence.

Arsenal are not close to matching Houssem Aouar's valuation, according to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas. 

French outlet Telefoot reported on Friday that Aouar has agreed personal terms with Arsenal and the clubs were set for discussions about a transfer fee. 

The Gunners are reportedly willing to pay €40million for the midfielder, though Lyon are understood to be hoping for a deal in the region of €60m. 

Aulas confirmed there is a significant disparity between what Arsenal are offering and what Lyon want. 

"There will be very few departures. For Houssem, Arsenal are way too far from his value," Aulas posted on Twitter alongside a link to L'Equipe's story on the Telefoot report. 

"We are counting on him to play a great match against Lorient and lead OL in the Champions League next year." 

Lyon were victorious in their opening match of the 2020-21 Ligue 1 season, beating Dijon 4-1 on August 28, but travel to Lorient on Sunday on the back of a three-game winless run. 

The club finished seventh in the league last season and lost the Coupe de la Ligue final to Paris Saint-Germain, consequently failing to secure European qualification.

Alisson believes Liverpool are "on the right path again" after admitting the reigning Premier League champions had let their lofty standards slip.

Jurgen Klopp's Reds were crowned with a record seven games to spare in the 2019-20 season but, perhaps unsurprisingly, their form dipped in the closing weeks, winning just five of their nine league fixtures upon the restart in June.

The new campaign began with a shaky 4-3 victory over newly promoted Leeds United, yet Liverpool looked more like the team who ran away with the title when seeing off Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

Sadio Mane scored twice and, playing against 10 men, there was a welcome clean sheet for goalkeeper Alisson, who saved a second-half penalty from Jorginho.

The Brazil international was particularly pleased with the way his team-mates approached what was a difficult game against opponents who finished the previous campaign in the top four.

"We know that we dropped a little bit, we don't know why," Alisson told Sky Sports.

"It wasn't something we wanted to do but we knew we had to go back to our path if we want to be competitive this season for the title, because I believe this season the level is higher.

"It is just the beginning of the season, we had a difficult game against Leeds, it was an open game where anything can happen. It was 4-3 and a good game for anyone who is watching football, but a really hard game to play

"Then you have Chelsea away and it's a tough opponent and then the way we went to the pitch from the mental perspective, I really liked this. I liked the intensity of the game, I liked the way we defended also, the opponent had some opportunities to score but it was from the quality of the opponent.

"But what I liked was our mentality on that game. I think we are on the right path again."

Liverpool will aim to maintain their 100 per cent record in the league in the early stages of the 2020-21 season when they host Arsenal on Monday.

The Gunners recorded a 2-1 home victory over Klopp's side back in July, then also prevailed on penalties in the Community Shield following a 1-1 draw at Wembley Stadium.

Memphis Depay remains Barcelona's preferred transfer option, while Manchester United want Jadon Sancho and Alex Telles in this window.

LaLiga giants Barca have been linked with numerous attackers as they rebuild under Ronald Koeman.

Depay has seemingly been the favourite to join, and it appears nothing has changed.

 

TOP STORY – DEPAY THE FAVOURITE TO JOIN BARCELONA

Depay is in pole position to join Barcelona from Lyon, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The report says Depay, 26, fits the profile and salary expectations at Barca.

Depay and Koeman worked together while the latter was in charge of the Netherlands between 2018 and 2020.

ROUND-UP

- United are still hoping for two signings this transfer window. The Sun says the Red Devils are looking to land Borussia Dortmund star Sancho and Porto left-back Telles .

- Arsenal could be close to strengthening by signing Houssem Aouar . Telefoot says the attacker has agreed to join the club, with Lyon and Arsenal set for talks over a fee.

- As they continue their search for a defender, Manchester City may be close to making a decision. Goal reports the Premier League club are in talks with Benfica over Ruben Dias , in a deal that could see Nicolas Otamendi  go the other way. Meanwhile, ESPN says Sevilla are expecting an improved bid from City for Jules Kounde after an initial £50.2million (€55m) offer was rejected.

- Chelsea may not be done spending just yet. The Mirror reports they want to make another move for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice , and it could lead to Jorginho joining Arsenal .

- Sergino Dest is expected to join Barcelona and Guillem Balague claims the Ajax right-back should officially join them next week. Barcelona sold Nelson Semedo to Wolves this week.

- Could there be late movement in the transfer window for Tottenham ? The Sun reports Spurs are in talks to sign Inter defender Milan Skriniar and are prepared to pay between £25m (€27.4m) and £30m (€32.9m), which is well below Inter's valuation.

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