Silva: Lampard had manager qualities at City
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.”