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Lampard gives Pellegrini headache with another two goals

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.

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 manager Manuel Pellegrini.


Vincent Kompany suggests Frank Lampard's goal "could be crucial" in Premier League title race

Lampard came back to haunt his former club on Sunday. Credit: PA

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.

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.

– Man City captain Vincent Kompany
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