Being a former Chelsea and West Ham player is enough to get even the most relaxed Tottenham fan on your back, and Frank Lampard will know better than to expect an easy ride when Manchester City face Spurs on Saturday lunchtime.
As a product of West Ham's academy and a Chelsea legend, Lampard has experienced a number of clashes with City's weekend opponents, though he's often been the one smiling at the end.
Though City v Spurs isn't traditionally a grudge match, Mauricio Pochettino's men need to make up for last season's 6-0 and 5-1 humiliation at the hands of the champions, and that will no doubt add spice to the occasion.
Lampard would have paid attention to those results as a Chelsea player hoping to pip City to top spot, but this year he finds himself in a sky blue shirt hoping to inflict more pain on the north Londoners.
Speaking ahead of the game, Lampard told MCFC.co.uk: "I’ve done alright against Spurs over the years and playing them was always a big game at Chelsea.
"Even when I was at West Ham,Tottenham were big rivals so I’vealways seen it is a big game andsomething to mark on the calendar andthat doesn’t change now I’m at City"
The 36-year-old's clear desire to get one over old enemies will be cause for concern for loyal Spurs fans desperate to see them restore some pride after last season's miserable efforts against City.
Despite being keen to damage their league position, Lampard predicted good things for Spurs under Pochettino.
"I think they’ll be up and around the top six this season. They may go through a slight transitional period but I was very impressed with their manager when he was at Southampton and if he can bring the same imprint on Tottenham, who arguably have more quality within their squad, they’ll do really well," he said.
"I’m sure their aim is to get into the Champions League, but it won’t be easy and there is a lot of competition and there are a lot of teams all trying to achieve the same goal.”
Player of the Month
Though it's yet known whether Lampard will feature from the start against Spurs, one thing is for sure - he'll pick up the Manchester City Player of the Month award for September prior to the game.
Despite only making his debut half way through the month, a number of impressive displays, and four goals, helped Lampard beat off James Milner and David Silva, much to his delight.
He said: "If somebody had said I would be voted Player of the Month by the fans in my first full month playing I would have had difficulty believing them."
Lampard was also full of praise to his nearest rivals for the award, adding: “To beat James Milner and David Silva is really flattering and especially James, who has had a fantastic start to the season and is someone who doesn’t always get the plaudits he deserves – though I’ve found that’s not the case with City fans who are very appreciative of him and what he brings to the team.
“I think my goals probably edged it but Milly deserves a big shout out as well.”
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