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Vincent Kompany hails Frank Lampard importance

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Over the last decade if you asked any Chelsea fan to name a player who produces the goods when it really matters, they'd probably say Frank Lampard. Now Manchester City fans might well give the same answer.

It's the story on everyone's lips. Lampard is a Chelsea legend, he's their record goalscorer, he'll forever be remembered as one of the greatest to have called Stamford Bridge home.

But now he's the opposition, scoring goals to dent the Blues perfect Premier League start.

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While Chelsea fans may find it hard to take, Lampard's new captain, Vincent Kompany, is thrilled with the impact of City's on loan star.

Underestimate

A late equaliser in just the fifth match of the season may not be seen by some as a defining moment in the title race, but Kompany refuses to ignore it's importance.

The City skipper is quoted by The Guardian saying: "Ever since I’ve been at this club, seasons and big moments have been decided on small events like this so I will never underestimate what it could mean to our season.”

The goal was trademark Lampard; timing his run perfectly to get on the end of a cross before producing a composed finish. As simple as it may sound, to do it in a game of such magnitude, for both the individual and his club, showed Lampard's quality.

Kompany's view of the goal was simple: "We’re down to 10 men – how many players would’ve scored that goal?" he said.

Lampard's impact

Eyebrows were raised when ex-England man Lampard arrived in Manchester on a six-month loan having left Chelsea for New York City.

But in Lampard, Manuel Pellegrini has secured a fantastic player, and Kompany knows exactly what the midfielder has brought to the team: "Quality. In pre-season he was looking really sharp already.

"He is still so clever, still extremely motivated, and ultimately you play so many competitions you need all the guys to be there and he’s another player who will make our team stronger.

"I think it goes both ways. He needed what we can offer him and we need what he can bring to us as well. If you talk to him I reckon that’s how he sees it as well and obviously [the goal] was just the icing on the cake.”

Title race

A win at the Etihad Stadium would have lifted Chelsea eight points clear of Pellegrini's side at this early stage of the season.

However, the gap was kept at five thanks to Lampard's strike and you can expect the two teams to remain within touching distance of each other as the season progresses.

However, Kompany is reluctant to discuss the title race just yet, he said: "It is too early to call. Five points is nothing but [Chelsea] have five points more than us, it is as simple as that.

"But it will get messy in December and January as it always does – or at least the last six years I have been here it has.”

Three horse race

One thing the defender is sure of is that City and Chelsea won't be alone in chasing the Premier League title.

Despite Jose Mourinho's side enjoying a perfect start prior to the City clash, it's another London club who have impressed Kompany the most, and he expects them to play a part in the title race.

"First of all we are not even close to Chelsea yet. Second, I have seen good things from Chelsea but I have seen maybe better things from Arsenal so I guess it will all be about consistency and, with the Champions League, it will get messy around December," he said.

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