Guardiola hails Lampard, Chelsea following Etihad showing
Guardiola hails Lampard, Chelsea following Etihad showing

Guardiola hails Lampard, Chelsea following Etihad showing

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was impressed by Frank Lampard's Chelsea despite going down 2-1 during an English Premier League match on Saturday evening. 

The London club impressed at the Etihad and even took the lead through N'Golo Kante, but the hosts scored twice through Kevin De Bruyne's deflected shot and a Riyad Maharez goal to pick maximum points. 

The Spaniard, however, hailed Lampard's charges, labeling them a top team that caused them a lot of problems. 

“We won against an incredible top side. Chelsea in the last 20 years have been great," he said. 

“Frank is a manager with courage. I judge managers with the courage to play. Chelsea do. They have a fantastic team. It was a great victory for us," he added. 

Lampard too was full of praise for his young team but pointed out the key areas they would need to work on to be even better. 

“We wanted to come here, be brave, compete and you saw that from us. We had a relative control of the game," 

“We were playing well, a lot of positives, but the finer details in both boxes were the difference," 

The loss saw City move above the Blues on the table standings, 11 points adrift of league leaders Liverpool who won 2-1 away to Crystal Palace

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