Frank Lampardís heroics help Chelsea record 2-0 victory over Swansea
Chelsea midfield maestro Frank Lampard was showered with praise by Stamford Bridge’s interim boss Rafael Benitez and Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup after coming off the bench to score and step closer the club’s all-time goalscoring record.
Frank Lampard, who is now only one shy off Bobby Tambling’s goal record, came on to the field as a substitute, but ended up providing assist on Oscar’s goal and then scored from the spot-kick to take Chelsea to a 2-0 victory Swansea City at Stamford Bridge.
After witnessing the 34-year-old England international put on another fabulous display of football, Rafael Benitez hailed the Chelsea legend as a “great player”.
“Frank is a great player. I'm really pleased he's scored another goal and hopefully he can score five between now and the end of the season and he'll be much happier and we will be the same,” Rafael Benitez said.
“He's a good player with quality. When you're controlling and have more possession, he can have an influence, like today.”
On the other hand, Michael Laudrup was all praise for Frank Lampard as well. The former Real Madrid and Barcelona player admitted Frank Lampard was one of the finest midfielders in the game of football.
“When you have quality, you will always have it,” Michael Laudrup said. “The thing is, even if we don't want to admit it, we all get older. Sometimes the pace is not the same, you can't do exactly the same things, but the quality is always there.
“We know Frank Lampard, the quality he has. Always coming from the second line into the box, so difficult to mark - he's scored so many goals.”
Frank Lampard was dropped to bench because Chelsea upcoming hectic playing scheduled. Chelsea, who are trying to secure a Champions League berth while attempting to grab Europa League glory, have the second leg of their Europa League semifinal against Basel on Thursday.
“He's a great professional. He's always really focused,” Rafael Benitez said. “He would like to play more games, but he understands that the main thing is the team and to qualify for the Champions League. He wants to play, but he understands the team is first.”
In spite of an abysmal start to the season, Chelsea have comeback and are now strong contenders to finish with an European spot. They still have to play against Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Fulham to achieve that.