“Frank is a world class midfielder and this is an opportunity which works perfectly for everyone, the player, Manchester City, and New York City. I’m looking forward to working with him and integrating him into our squad. New York has made a fantastic signing by recruiting Frank, and I’m really pleased that we’ll be able to have him with us for the first half of our season and help prepare him for his new challenge.”
That was one of the opening statements which was released by Manchester City’s coach Manuel Pellegrini as he praised Frank Lampard who will be a player of Manchester City until 2015 which is the date when New York City FC are going to begin performing in the MLS.
Pellegrini has nothing but praise towards Frank Lampard and even considers the English midfielder to be a world-class player but the coach of Manchester City does not seem to have Lampard in his plans as Manchester City played their opening Premier League match of the season against Newcastle United and Lampard was nowhere to be seen, not even on the sidelines.
Upon making his arrival to the Etihad Stadium, Lampard stated that he was happy about making a move to Manchester City as he wants to continue playing at the highest level before making a move to the MLS and complete his move to New York City FC but with the tough competition that Frank Lampard is facing in the midfield of Manchester City, it will be fairly difficult for him to secure a spot in the starting lineup of Manuel Pellegrini.
With the likes of: Yaya Toure, David Silva, Fernando, Samir Nasri, James Milner, Fernandinho and Jesus Navas all fighting for a place in the main squad of Pellegrini, it does not look like Lampard will be able to just breeze past everyone and have a secured spot in the team.
At his 36 years of age, Frank Lampard’s career is nearing its last few cycles and this is one of the main reason on why he chose to make a move to the MLS where the pressure and high level play isn’t as elevated compared to other leagues but it’s not looking very bright for him in Manchester City where his chances of playing consistently does not look like it’s going to happen.
Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has credited Spaniard Rafa Benitez for making him a better striker. Torres moved to Liverpool for around £ 26 million when Benitez was their manager. He went on to have three great years at the club during which time he was even regarded as the best strikers in the world. Many thought that he would go on and emulate the achievements of club legends like Ian Rush, but he immediately decided to leave for Chelsea in a £ 50 million deal. Since then, however, he has struggled for form and fitness.
Rafa Benitez came to Chelsea in order to work with Torres – for a brief period. In those six months, it appeared for his short spell that Torres would return back to his best. He scored in a run of matches, but it soon ended in disappointment after the striker suffered an injury. Despite this, the 30-year-old has credited the former Valencia and Liverpool manager for making him a better striker. He says that Benitez taught him how to make intelligent runs and avoid getting tired. Torres accepts that it is much better to make five good runs than just running about all day long.
The Benitez-Torres partnership with Chelsea did not last long, as the Spaniard left the club last summer.
“With Rafa, I learned to think about the best option to take in important moments. It is about teaching – everything he does gets you to think. I am sure that there are footballers who retire without ever having thought on the pitch. Rafa was very tactical. Before knowing him, I had the habit of running everywhere, no matter where. Five good runs into space are worth more than 100 in the wind,” said the Chelsea striker, who has scored just over 20 league goals since moving to Chelsea.
Luis Suarez has been named as the Footballer of the Year by the football writers Association, as the striker will be adding more glory to his individual accolades. He has already won the PFA player of the year by beating the likes of Eden Hazard and Yaya Touré. He is on course to helping Liverpool to win the first league title in 24 years, but he has been stating constantly that he will be putting team performance ahead of personal motivation. Suarez has already won league titles before his career, but to win it with Liverpool will be extremely special.
The turnaround comes within months of Suarez receiving a 10 match suspension from the FA for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic when the two sides met each of last season. It seems that he has firmly put this incident in the back of his mind. Read more »