Mourinho could be seven points clear if Lampard had stayed with Chelsea
Mourinho’s decision to let Lampard leave in the summer is not only costing Chelsea but, it’s helping his direct title contender Manchester City with valuable points. The former English midfielder showed his value again by scoring a crucial late winner against Sunderland on the day when Chelsea lost ground to City with a battering at White Hart Lane.
After City let another two goal lead slip in the space of few days, Lampard scored a great header to put City in front. Incidentally it turned out to be the winner against Sunderland. Lampard has so far scored seven goals in all competition this season.
The goal against Sunderland was the fifth league goal of the season for the 36-year-old, who has started just three games under Manuel Pellegrini but has emerged as a vital component of his bid to retain the title. Also with Yaya Touré now poised to leave the club for more than a month for the African Cup of Nations, keeping Lampard fit is imperative for the blues of Manchester.
For a while now, Jose Mourinho has returned to his former self by blaming the referees for his teams inability to win matches. In truth, Mourinho could have had a seven point lead over Manchester City, if he had not released Lampard in the summer.
After Frank Lampard was allowed to leave Stamford Bridge in June, the 36-year-old signed for New York City before moving on loan to the Major League Soccer outfit’s sister club Manchester City.
But his first and most significant contribution to Manuel Pellegrini came on September 21 when Chelsea were winning 1-0 against 10 men Manchester City at Etihad stadium after Pablo Zabaleta was sent off. Lampard’s equaliser in the 85th minute not only rescued City one point, but dropped two for Chelsea in the process, hence making his total seven points so far.
Lampard’s latest strike was his 176th, making him the fourth highest Premier League goalscorer of all time ahead of Thierry Henry on 175. He chases Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney on 181 and is 11 off second-placed Andy Cole. Alan Shearer though leads the line with an impressive 260 goals.
City’s decision to extend his loan deal for the entire season from New York City came as no surprise after watching the midfielder maintain the same level of consistency this season in front of goals. If Manchester City were to retain the title in May, then Jose Mourinho’s decision to let their prized asset leave the club in summer would have definitely played a crucial role for their rivals.
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