Chelsea’s Frank Lampard will always have quality, says Michael Laudrup
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup hails Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard after the veteran impressed in a 2-0 win
Michael Laudrup hailed Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard after the England international inspired the Blues to a 2-0 victory over Swansea City on Sunday.
The 34-year-old scored minutes after Brazil international Oscar had broken the deadlock at Stamford Bridge to fire the Blues into third place ahead of Champions League-chasing Arsenal.
Lampard has now scored against 38 different clubs in the Premier League – matching Andy Cole’s long-standing record – while his 45th-minute strike was the former West Ham midfielder’s 201st Chelsea goal.
The Blues star is set to be out of contract at the west London club in the summer, but Swans manager Laudrup was impressed by Lampard’s impact in the win against the League Cup winners.
“When you have quality, you will always have it,” Laudrup told ESPN. “The thing is, even if we don’t want to admit it, we all get older.
“Sometimes the pace is not the same, you can’t do exactly the same things, but the quality is always there.
“We know Frank Lampard, the quality he has. Always coming from the second line into the box, so difficult to mark – he’s scored so many goals.”
Lampard has scored 13 goals in 26 Premier League appearances despite struggling to secure a regular first-team place under Rafael Benítez this term.