Vincent Kompany hails Lampard goal as potential title decider

The Manchester City captain says Frank Lampard's equaliser against his former club could prove crucial come the end of the season.

We are a long way off May at the moment and titles are not won or lost at this early stage of the season, but with competition increasing every year for Premier League glory, titles are quite often decided by the smallest margins.

That is City and Belgium centre-back Vincent Kompany's view anyway. The 28-year-old has revealed how important Lampard's equaliser could be for City's title chances after their 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday.

He told the press: "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."

Lampard, aged 36, came back to haunt Chelsea with a 85th-minute volley that mirrored so many of the goals he scored in his 13-year spell with Jose Mourinho's side.

After having Pablo Zabaleta sent off and then going 1-0 down, it looked unlikely that City would leave the game with any points at all. But when Lampard's volley wrong-footed Thibaut Courtious the Chelsea faithful weren't sure whether to cheer or cry.

The midfielder will return to the MLS in January to kick off his career with New York City, but should the opportunity arise that Lampard gets to return the City, Kompany is of no doubt that he is still up to the challenge.

"That is not for me to judge, I think he has his personal plans as well, but I can base things on what I see day in, day out on the training ground and he is one of the better players."

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