MX23RW : Saturday, December 14 15:22:13| >> :600:1267895:1267895:

Manuel Pellegrini: 'Leaving Chelsea was good for Frank Lampard'

Manuel Pellegrini: 'Leaving Chelsea was good for Frank Lampard'
© Reuters
The former England midfielder played under the Chilean coach for a season at the Etihad Stadium.

Manuel Pellegrini believes Frank Lampard's spell under him at Manchester City helped shape his style as a manager.

After 13 glittering years at Chelsea, Lampard wound down his Premier League playing career with a season at City before his eventual move into management.

Pellegrini will face his former player in the dugout when he takes his West Ham side to Chelsea on Saturday.

He said: "When you want to be a manager you must want to learn as much as you can.

"During your career as a player you have different managers who manage the club in different ways and play different football. You can win titles in a number of different ways and you choose one of those.

"For Frank Lampard it was a very good experience for his career not to have been always at Chelsea. I know he started with West Ham, but for the most part of his professional career he was at Chelsea.

"To go to Manchester City, to see another way of playing football, that helped him to improve as a manager and I'm very happy for him."

Lampard made 38 appearances under Pellegrini, mostly as a substitute, and scored eight goals as City finished second in the Premier League.

"For me he was a very intelligent player, he knew exactly the moments inside the pitch, like arriving in the opposition box at the correct moment," added Pellegrini.

"Because that is not just about running, you must arrive at the correct moment, in the correct space. He was always demanding a little bit more from himself, so he made a great impression.

"As a player I knew him before he came to Manchester City, but as a person I was very proud to work with him."

Pellegrini, whose side are winless in eight matches, will be without Issa Diop through suspension at Stamford Bridge, so Declan Rice could drop back to central defence.

Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is still injured and Pellegrini must decide whether to stick with error-prone back-up Roberto or give third-choice David Martin a chance.

body check tags ::

Click here for more stories about Manuel Pellegrini

Click here for more stories about Chelsea

Share this article now:
Instagram - Follow Sports Mole
Freddie Ljungberg pictured on November 27, 2019
Read Next:
Premier League week 14 predictions including Liverpool, Man Utd, Arsenal
>
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.

Premier League
Championship
La Liga
Serie A
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
League One
League Two
Scottish Premiership
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Swiss Super League
Ukrainian Premier League
Segunda Division
Serie B
2.Bundesliga
Ligue 2
Club World Cup
Welsh Premier League
NIFL Premiership
Australian A-League
Premier League 2 - Div 1
European Champions Cup
European Challenge Cup
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool17161042142849
2Leicester CityLeicester17123239102939
3Manchester CityMan City16102444192532
4Chelsea179353124730
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd166642519624
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves165922319424
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs166553023723
8Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd175841916323
9Newcastle UnitedNewcastle176561723-623
10Arsenal165742424022
11Crystal Palace166461418-422
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton165472024-419
13Burnley175482129-819
14Bournemouth174581824-617
15Everton165291928-917
16Aston Villa174492328-516
17West Ham UnitedWest Ham164481828-1016
18Southampton164391835-1715
19Norwich CityNorwich1733111734-1712
20Watford171610932-239

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!