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Delicious Humble Pie!

Delicious Humble Pie!

It's obvious that Lampard is not the same old consistent top player, but he's still a big threat for our opponents. Last season, I was one of those that always said we have to sell him. In AVB's season, I was furious about Lampard's deeds on and off the pitch.

I was one of those, as some might say, 'Lampard haters' (though I never hated him!). I remember arguing with SpanishBlue, RadioactiveD, etc about this. But Lamps proved me wrong ever since AVB got fired.

He started slowly, but bit by bit, his form improved. He contributed to the team massively this season, having 19 goals and 8 assists to his name (club only). It's a huge achievement for a 35 year old midfielder who has not played regularly.

Yes he's slower nowadays, but he has scored goals when it mattered. Tap-ins or not, you have to be there to stick it in. I read some comments about him being 'greedy' for scoring goals, that 'he cares too much about breaking the club's goal-scoring record'.

Saying such things is not fair at all. He has passed the ball when his team-mates were in better positions to score (Oscar's goal against Swansea for example). He shoots from long distances because he has proved that he still can score them not because he's 'greedy'.
His goal away at Newcastle, or the free-kick against Spurs last season to name a couple.

Last night again he came close twice to score those trademark shots. He's a saviour and a leader. Not only that but he's a role model for our youngsters. Lampard deserves the contract extension and I'm more than happy to see him signing it.

I believe the board has seen these things in him and that's the reason they offered him an extension. It's not necessarily Jose's influence or that 'he's a legend so let's offer him a new contract'.

He still has more to offer. I congratulate Super Frank for his achievements and a contract he more than deservedly signed, and I apologize for my rants about him last season. I wish the players I have criticized prove me wrong in the future (Mikel, Bertrand, Cahill, etc). I will happily eat humble pie again!

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Writer:The Persian
Date:Thursday May 16 2013
Time: 7:07PM


Now let's see him beat Henry's PL goal tally.
16/05/2013 19:22:00
Nice dessert mate, enjoy the full course next term when The Special One takes over service!
The dope HGH
16/05/2013 19:22:00
He is a role model to the young n i hope he will be with us for a long time.
16/05/2013 19:23:00
@persian..this shows the sort of man you are..willing to own up when you get it wrong and one who is glad for the teams success even if it means your being wrong..we are kin spirits...this is how it should be for true fans. We may disagree but it is all driven by love and concern for the club and a true fan will always gladly be wrong if it means the club does well. Bravo sir..much respect!!!
16/05/2013 19:40:00
I'll pass on the pie ;) but kudos to his achievements, he's been a great servant to/for the club...
16/05/2013 19:49:00
We need him, he is the ideal role model for our club. And he is important to pass on this mentality and sheer determination to win titles on to the newer players in the team.
16/05/2013 19:53:00
@gabeu my sentiments exactly
16/05/2013 19:55:00
The huge problem we had with Lampard this season and last is not him it's the new formation we are now playing and where he is playing in it! 4-2-3-1 and him as one of the double pivot players does not work as he has lost the dynamic part of his game which is understandable because of his advancing years. Now if we didn't have mata,hazard or oscar who all play in the middle of the next band of 3 that is where we would see the best out of Lampard as he wouldn't have to worry as much as covering the whole of CM and tracking runners, and we would see the best of him making his runs into the box and his awesome spraying of through balls and first time releases over the top. Now under Jose Mourinho i would not be surprised to see CFC revert back to the 4-3-3 with Lamps/Oscar and a new CDM with Hazard and Mata as inverted wingers. If this is the case and Lamps is played in his favoured position and under his favourite manager don't be surprised if it looks like a masterstroke of management from Mourinho as we could see Lamps shining again. Then again it is the Vogue thing to do to play 4-2-3-1! Why i don't know.
16/05/2013 20:22:00
Oscar wins goal of the season. The strike vs juventus
16/05/2013 20:22:00
Respect to you man for owning up. Cheers!
16/05/2013 20:45:00
FL has learnt few don'ts during these contract saga. compare to last year when he was frequently complaining about amount of game time he was getting. Having a reduced role at his age in the team was never going to harm but strengthen and prolong his career. Happy all is sorted. @Humza_96, Alan Shearer owns the record of PL highest goalscorer not Henry. FL need another 95 to beat Alan. That is longway to go mate.
jollyheart Torres
16/05/2013 21:33:00
Big fat fluky Frank should stay stay for another ten years so he can get really fat, even more so than he is now. I propose a pie should be eaten every time he scores with a deflection, and a badge with Abramovic's face should be kissed every time. He can sit on the side lines guzzling sweets until the moment when he can roll on and belly flop in front of all the blue ******** day trippers. INCOMMING!!!!
Henry Baker Brown
16/05/2013 21:44:00
did you chew your way through the leather straps again henry? never mind, the nurse will be around shortly to give you your night night medicine.
16/05/2013 21:59:00
"Incomming", really? Wow. Before you go trolling around again I suggest you pick up a dictionary so people will take you a little bit more seriously. LOL. dumbphuck.
16/05/2013 22:06:00
Hope nobody to complain about youth chances as the old legs would be first teamers in mou era.oh the pivot would be masterd by a legend under mou,what a season to enjoy the chilly pie.Like Becks what has done,after proving his game around diff league as some choose to cling on 1yr dear afraid to go to other clubs to be benched..Thats why Drogba is a respected legend than Mr Media we have these days.
16/05/2013 22:26:00
Mata wins player of the year and players player of the year. Lampard wins the recognition award and Ake wins the young player of the year.
16/05/2013 22:30:00
The only reason I'll agree with the extension is the possibility of beating Henri's record next season. I suspect this gesture is a cunning way of placating the Lamps worshipers so Abramovic will do what he wants namely hiring who he wants as manager (not Mourinho).
16/05/2013 22:44:00
One thing I've learned over the years supporting Chelsea is that in the end of it all, Frank Lampard has ALWAYS proved his critics wrong!!!
16/05/2013 22:52:00
well frank has done well this season but i still maintain that he is not the right man for our pivot(except we are changin formation in accordance with the philosophy of the new manager),but if we are sticking with the pivot,then we will be needing a fresh leg.
16/05/2013 22:53:00
thanks... that's true, in the end, it's all about Chelsea :)
The Persian
16/05/2013 22:56:00
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