Chelsea legend Frank Lampard unconcerned by New York City FC's slow start to life in MLS

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The veteran midfielder's new club have won just one of their first 13 games.

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has told Sirius XM FC that he is confident new club New York City FC will be able to turn around their poor early-season form over the coming months.

Lampard, 36, is currently taking a two-week break after spending the 2014-15 season with Manchester City, having made 38 appearances and scored eight goals, before linking up with sister club NYCFC later this month.

In the meantime, the veteran midfielder has been keeping up to date with affairs across the pond, where the MLS expansion franchise have gotten off to a slow start to their inaugural campaign.

The team sit bottom of the Eastern Conference after 13 games, having recorded just one win, five draws and seven defeats, while their 10 goals scored are also the second-lowest amount in the league, despite having former Barcelona striker David Villa at their disposal.

He has nevertheless seen a number of positives in their performances ahead of his arrival and believes it will not take much to turn some of their results into wins going forward.

“The team in New York have just started a new project and there were always going to be a few teething problems at the start,” said Lampard. “I’ve been watching most of the games and I don’t think we’re far away from getting the wins on the board. Hopefully when I get there I can bring a bit of experience to the dressing room.

“The Galaxy won [MLS Cup] last year and they were in a pretty low position at this same stage of the season. Certainly, nothing’s lost at all right now. It’s just a case of putting a little run together.

“If we win three on the bounce then suddenly we’re in touching distance of the top four [in the Eastern Conference] and we’ll be in with a shout of the play-offs.

“We’re not a club who just wanted to get up and running and see how things go over the next couple of seasons, we want to go and win.”

While Lampard is set to begin training with NYCFC within the next fortnight he will not be eligible to feature for the MLS club until the league’s summer transfer window opens on July 8.

His debut could then come three days later when Toronto FC visit Yankee Stadium – an event the ex-England international has been looking forward to since pledging his future to the team last summer.

“Anyone who’s known me throughout my career knows that one of my strength is how driven I am, both behind the scene with my training and on the pitch,” added Lampard. “As soon as I left the Premier League, my mind was immediately on MLS. I wouldn’t want to go there without being able to make a difference and I want to show people what I can do.

“[Head coach] Jason Kreis knows my skills as a midfielder. I'm not a pure No. 10 but I can help the team both with or without the ball.”

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