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Lampard booed as New York City season debut ends in 7-0 defeat

Frank Lampard in New York. Credit: PA

Frank Lampard made his long-awaited season debut for New York City following an injury lay-off, but his first experience of a derby Stateside couldn't have gone much worse, as the New York Red Bulls thrashed City FC 7-0 at Yankee Stadium.

Bradley Wright-Phillips and Dax McCarty each scored twice before Alex Muyl, Gonzalo Veron and Gideon Bash ran up the score to match the largest margin of victory in MLS history.

Lampard, 37, who joined New York City last year, earns $6,000,000 (£4,108,660) – more than all of the Red Bulls team combined. Sections of the City home support booed him when he entered the fray.

Chelsea league position is 'ridiculous' - Lampard

Frank Lampard thinks Chelsea are losing personalities. Credit: PA

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is concerned the Blues are lacking "real personalities" and believes their current Premier League position is "ridiculous".

Under the leadership of interim manager, Chelsea have put a poor start to the season behind them, as they now sit 11th in the league.

However, former England international Lampard, who played more than 400 games for the club between 2001 and 2014, sees John Terry as the last of the big personalities at Stamford Bridge.

I do worry about where the real personalities of the team are. To be a big team, you have to have big personalities.

I don't want to sound like I am harking back to the days of me and John (Terry) and Ashley Cole and Petr Cech and Didier Drogba but I do see a team now where John is the last mainstay of that identity.

Maybe Chelsea are looking for a more beautiful way now. The club has been trying to push it down that route with the players they have recruited over the last four or five years.

The problem is if you fall in the middle, somewhere between tough and beautiful. It's nice football at times but it's not that nice and it's not really winning games. It's not beautiful, beautiful stuff.

They need to buy two or three big players. Because being 11th in the Premier League is ridiculous for Chelsea.

– Frank Lampard speaking to Mail on Sunday

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Lampard nets first New York City goal

Frank Lampard found the net. Credit: Reuters

Frank Lampard scored his first goal in Major League Soccer as New York City recorded a 2-0 victory against Toronto FC on Wednesday.

The former Chelsea and England midfielder, making just his fifth MLS appearance after a series of injury setbacks, fired home from the edge of the penalty area to give his side a 20th-minute lead at Yankee Stadium.

New York City had to make do without star striker David Villa after he was ruled out with a hamstring injury but fellow forward Patrick Mullins made sure of the points when he headed home a second goal from an Andrea Pirlo corner in the 77th minute.

Bleakley and Lampard send their prayers to Ferdinand

Presenter Christine Bleakley said she and her fiance Frank Lampard are "sending our love and prayers" to Rio Ferdinand and his family following the death of his wife Rebecca.

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