Lampard ‘perfect’ for English football – Guardiola

 

Pep Guardiola is often complimentary about his managerial counterparts and the Catalan praised Frank Lampard’s philosophy as his Man City side prepare to face Chelsea on Saturday.

 

The Premier League champions slipped to fourth place – nine points behind leaders Liverpool – after a 3-1 defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s side before the international break.

Defeat to Frank Lampard’s high-flying Chelsea would leave them with even more of a mountain to climb and Guardiola summed up the task ahead of him by hailing Lampard’s impact at Stamford Bridge.

“I think Chelsea over many years have been an incredible, top team, but from the beginning his team has played good,” he said. “They were consistent with his ideas, the results are there.

“I’m happy for him, I know him a little bit. I know when he was here he was an excellent person.

 

“For English football it’s great when young English guys take over – he’s perfect for English football.”

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