Silva: Lam­pard had man­ager qual­i­ties at City

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By STU­ART BREN­NAN

DAVID Silva knew that Frank Lam­pard would be a top-class man­ager af­ter shar­ing a dress­ing room with him at City.

And now the Blues mid­fielder is tip­ping his old team-mate to push City and lead­ers Liver­pool all the way in this sea­son’s ti­tle race.

Lam­pard’s Chelsea ar­rive at the Eti­had Sta­dium ahead of Pep guardi­ola’s men in the ta­ble and can go four points clear of them with a win.

But the for­mer Eng­land star’s suc­cess at Stam­ford Bridge has not come as a sur­prise for Silva, af­ter their time to­gether in the 2014-15 sea­son.

“I could see a man­ager in him when he was here,” said Silva. “He was an in­cred­i­ble player, a world­class player. The way he played, as well as his ex­pe­ri­ence in foot­ball, now he trans­mits it to his play­ers.

He is show­ing it al­ready, he is go­ing to be a fan­tas­tic man­ager.

“He has clear ideas and he is do­ing very well. What mat­ters is that he has been given the op­por­tu­nity and he’s mak­ing the most of it.”

De­spite a trans­fer ban, Lam­pard has guided his team into con­tention, while giv­ing young stars like Tammy Abra­ham, Ma­son Mount, Reece James, Fikayo To­mori and Cal­lum Hud­son-Odoi their chance.

And they now have to be seen as ti­tle con­tenders, says Silva: “Even though it’s Frank Lam­pard’s first sea­son, they are play­ing re­ally well,” he said.

“They are there in the ti­tle race. It will be a beau­ti­ful game. Two at­tack­ing teams that want to keep the ball and score goals. It’s go­ing to be an en­ter­tain­ing game for the fans.

“Tammy Abra­ham is play­ing re­ally well, like the rest of his team. They have play­ers that are do­ing re­ally well and help­ing him.

“They have also a bunch of young play­ers and, when the team plays well, it’s al­ways eas­ier for them to shine.”

The count­down to Silva’s farewell to City is on, af­ter he an­nounced he will leave at the end of the sea­son.

And he says he would love to bow out by adding the one tro­phy that has so far eluded him in his ten years with the Blues.

“I’d like to win a tro­phy again,” he said. “If it’s the Cham­pi­ons League, that would be in­cred­i­ble. If not, we are not greedy, we must be happy for ev­ery­thing we have achieved over the last few years.

“But I hope we can win some­thing more.”

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