Frank Lampard knows both Chelsea and Manchester City well, so it made sense that the pundit was speaking to BT Sport about the huge game two of the Premier League title favourites played on Saturday evening.
Man City came out on top and stunned Chelsea from the off with a fluid and brilliant performance – but no one was better than Kevin De Bruyne, who the Blues knew well, given they sold him after deciding he wasn’t good enough to break into their first team at that time.
While many people have since criticised the club and their then manager Jose Mourinho for that decision, former midfielder Frank Lampard took a different viewpoint.
Lampard was speaking after the Man City win and told BT Sport: “It was a difficult time for the club, you had (Eden) Hazard, Oscar, and Willian had just signed. He wasn’t as good as he is now.
“Of course it’s easy to look and say “why did you let him go?”, but he’s gone away and made himself a world class player.
“You always wonder about development. He had good pace, good passing, good dribbling, but at that point he couldn’t get into our team. ‘One thing he had was ambition, he wanted to go away and prove he was a player.”
One of the best
Now, there’s no doubt De Bruyne is one of the best players in the league and under Pep Guardiola, is thriving – and claimed to have no regrets over playing for and leaving Chelsea.
“It was a very tactical game. We had more chances.”
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) September 30, 2017
The title favourites have only cemented the majority of people’s opinions of them in the last couple of games and the test at Stamford Bridge was enough for most people to call them out and out favourites and even the best team in the league according to some – and that was without the injured Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany playing.