Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has hinted that Frank Lampard will have to settle for ‘not too much’ regular football at his side, despite scoring three goals at the Etihad Stadium club so far, with a brace against Sheffield Wednesday in the English Capital One Cup and a strike against his former club Chelsea in the English Premier League.
“For me it is never difficult to put a good player in a team,” Pellegrini told a news conference.
“I always say the problem is when you don’t have the players.”
“I think it’s very important for Frank to score again today. I said after the game against Chelsea [that] he is a very important player for our team.”
“He is now 36 years old and maybe he cannot play three games in a row, but he continues knowing how to play this sport and Frank is a top player in that sense.”
Pellegrini also said that he could understand a City supporter’s desire to pay tribute to the veteran when he invaded the pitch and took a photograph with Lampard before being ejected by stewards.
Pellegrini added: “It’s because he [Lampard] deserved it. He has his story in football here in England and I am very happy for him.”
Pellegrini wasn’t surprised by the good performance displayed by James Milner against Chelsea during the weekend in their 1-1 draw.
“No, because I know what James Milner can do on the pitch. I think he is a player who always works a 100 percent everyday, if he’s in the starting eleven or not, he’s always a great professional,” said Pellegrini.
“Maybe in the last year he didn’t play so much as he wanted to, because the level of David Silva, Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas but now he’s demonstrating every game that he plays what he can give to our team, so I am very happy for him.”