Lampard picks his perfect XI - 'Drogba probably the greatest I've ever played with'


Manchester City loanee and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has chosen his dream starting XI, with the lineup heavily influenced by his Stamford Bridge ties.

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard may be on loan at Manchester City at present, but the midfielder’s dream XI reveals that his allegiances to the London club still run much deeper.

Talking to City’s official website, the 36-year-old chose five of his former Stamford Bridge pals in the lineup, with Vincent Kompany the only current teammate to make the cut.

At the back, the ex-England international opted for Petr Cech in goal, with a back-line featuring Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Kompany and Ashley Cole.

‘My favourite goalkeeper is Petr Cech,’ he said. ‘I was lucky enough to play with him and he is the complete goalie.

‘Branislav Invanovic is very strong, a team player and a great right-back.

‘I think John Terry is a leader, a great defender.’ he added. ‘Vicent Kompany is of the same mould. Fantastic – very hard to beat one-on-one, I think they’re two great centre-halves.

‘For me, Ashley Cole has been one of the best left-backs in the world, if not the best, for a very long time. He’s very consistent and a great player.’

In midfielder, Lampard chose a central pairing of Barcelona stalwarts Xavi and Andres Iniesta, with Real Madrid forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale lining up alongside them on the flanks.

‘I was fortunate to play against [Xavi and Iniesta],’ he said. ‘They’ve been two huge players for Barcelona and Spain and I have a massive amount of respect for them. They’re very difficult to play against.

‘Cristiano Ronaldo is the complete player. He scores every type of goals – headed goals, free-kicks, solo goals – and is one of the greatest players in the world.

‘For a Welsh player to have done what [Gareth Bale’s] done  is amazing – to go to Real Madrid and win the Champions League in his first year. He’s a great player, with a lot of pace and quality on the left.’

And up front, Lampard chose Didier Drogba to pair with another Barca star, Lionel Messi.

‘For my first striker I’m going to pick Didier Drogba,’ he revealed. ‘He’s probably the greatest player I’ve ever played with. He’s great in the dressing room and a big character.

‘My last pick and second striker then has to be Lionel Messi. For me, he’s the best player in the world and probably the best of all time. He’s a genius with everything – talent, skill, speed – I love to watch him and he’s certainly very difficult to play against.’

Currently spending the first-half of the 2014-15 campaign at the Etihad Stadium from City-backed MLS side New York City FC, Lampard could line up against Terry and Ivanovic when the two teams face off on in Sunday’s Premier League clash.

Cech and Drogba, however, will likely have to settle for spots on the bench, while Cole also departed for pastures new this summer, signing with Serie A runners-up Roma.

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