Interim Chelsea supervisor Frank Lampard described Manchester Metropolis as presently the best staff on the planet and mentioned the remainder of the Premier League must aspire to the excessive requirements set by Pep Guardiola’s title-chasing aspect.
Metropolis are poised to wrap up their fifth league crown in six years and are additionally in competition to finish the treble this season, having reached the Champions League and FA Cup finals.
Guardiola’s aspect have a four-point lead and a sport in hand over Arsenal, who should win at Nottingham Forest on Saturday to realistically keep within the title race at the least till Metropolis host Chelsea a day later.
“I don’t know about the greatest ever but they are clearly a fantastic team and they have been for a good while now,” Lampard advised reporters on Friday earlier than Chelsea’s journey to the Etihad Stadium.
“Enormous credit score for that consistency. They’re coming very near changing into the best staff, particularly in the event that they win the Champions League… Of their type, you would not need to guess towards them on something.
“I think they are the best team in world football. Is it good for English football? Yeah, why not? You’ve got to push the standard. The rest of the league have to try to aspire to that.”
Lampard mentioned he wished to convey Metropolis striker Erling Haaland to Stamford Bridge throughout his first stint answerable for Chelsea between 2009-21 when he was the everlasting head coach.
The Norwegian worldwide, who joined Metropolis from Borussia Dortmund at the beginning of the season, has scored 36 league objectives to date this time period – as many as Chelsea.
“I think he’s special, I thought he’d adapt straight away and show his level,” Lampard mentioned. “I do not know whether or not he would have determined to come back right here anyway however I used to be a giant fan.
“Credit to him because I love seeing players at that level, with personality and the hunger to be the best.”
Chelsea defender Benoit Badiashile will miss Sunday’s match after he sustained a groin harm in coaching, Lampard mentioned.
Chelsea are languishing eleventh within the league with 43 factors from 35 video games.