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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho declined the opportunity to respond to Manuel Pellegrini's "small team" taunt, but suggested the Manchester City manager should commit to his own vow of silence when it comes to discussing rivals.
– Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
I don't have a reaction. I think you (the media) should, not me.
It was not once or two or three times that he said he doesn't speak about referees. He killed Mark Clattenburg (after City's draw at Arsenal).
It was not one, two, three, four times, he said he doesn't speak about me or my team's opponent.
He did it once more. I think it's for you to comment. When I said I don't want to speak about him. That's what I try to do.
If you want the story you have to speak with him not with me. I keep in my place. I follow my line.
Hull manager Steve Bruce believes Frank Lampard at his peak would have been worth up to £70million in the current climate.
The former Chelsea midfielder has returned to centre stage with three goals in a week for Manchester City, who signed him on a short-term loan following his move to New York City.
– Hull City manager Steve Bruce
How much would Frank Lampard be worth now if he was in his pomp? A 20 goals a year man for the last 15 years? He'd be worth £60 or £70million," said Bruce.
He's been quite a remarkable player. Every young player with any aspiration in the game should maybe have a look at him.
He's 36 now and his fitness levels are staggering. He's been a staggering player.
Frank has been a great player for the Premier League. The word great is used too much but if you look at his record, he's been a phenomenal player. Still doing it now at 36 is incredible.
Manuel Pellegrini welcomed the potential headache he is being given by Frank Lampard after the former England midfielder scored twice in Manchester City's thumping Capital One Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday.
The holders launched their defence of the title in the third round by routing their Championship opponents 7-0, with all the goals coming in a frantic second half.
Lampard scored the first and last and put in a man-of-the-match performance three days after coming off the bench to score an emotional equaliser against former club Chelsea.
– Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini.
For me it's never difficult to put a good player in the team. The problem is when you don't have the players.
I think it was very important for Frank to score today again. He's a very important player. I said after the game against Chelsea that he's an important player for our team.
Maybe he's now 36 years old and he can't play three games in a row but he's a top player.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes Frank Lampard's dramatic equaliser against former club Chelsea could prove to be a pivotal moment in the title race.
Premier League trophies are rarely won and lost in September, and never after five games of the season, but Kompany has plenty of experience at the business end of the competition and knows the trophy can be settled by little moments.
– Man City captain Vincent Kompany
Ever since I have been at this club, seasons and big moments have been decided on small events like this one so I will never underestimate what it could mean to our season. It could be crucial.
Frank brings quality. The goal he scored you would have seen from him for the last 15 years in the Premier League.
He is clever and still extremely motivated.
He brings experience. It is not a word you make up, it is something that helps and it is like his goal: keeping your head cool in a moment when you are under pressure and down to 10 men - how many players would have scored that goal?
He has proven it himself in only a few minutes, which is good.