Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes the goal scored by Frank Lampard against Chelsea could prove crucial to the team’s Premier League campaign, Sky
Lampard came off the bench to score against the team he represented for 13 years, having joined Chelsea from West Ham in 2001 and left this summer upon the expiration of his contract.
The 36-year-old signed for City’s sister club, New York City FC, in the MLS, but has joined the English champions on loan until the winter. Lampard’s goal against Chelsea was his first for City and one Kompany expects to have a telling impact on the campaign.
“Ever since I’ve been at this club, seasons have been decided on small events like this one so I will never underestimate what it could mean to our season. It could be crucial,” Kompany said.
“Frank brings quality. The goal he scored you would have seen from him for the last 15 years in the Premier League,” the skipper continued. “He is clever and still extremely motivated. He brings experience. It is not a word you make up, it is something that helps and it is like his goal: keeping your head cool in a moment when you are under pressure and down to 10 men – how many players would have scored that goal?
“He has proven it himself in only a few minutes, which is good. Ultimately you play so many competitions you need all the guys to be there and he is another who will clearly make our team stronger.”
Kompany is a two-time title winner from his City spell whereas Lampard claimed three league winners’ medals during his Chelsea days, becoming the club’s all-time top-scorer as a result of his 211 goals, which came in 648 appearances.
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