Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany claims Frank Lampard’s late equaliser against former club Chelsea could turn out to be “crucial” in the Premier League title race.
The former England midfielder came off the bench at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday and ensured 10-man City took something from the game despite the dismissal of defender Pablo Zabaleta.
The 1-1 draw keeps City five points behind Jose Mourinho’s league leaders who dropped points in the Premier League for the first time this season.
Lampard left Stamford Bridge at the end of last season and it was thought his top-level career in England was over after he signed for new MLS franchise New York City.
However, the 36-year-old’s new club are partly owned by Manchester City’s owners which has facilitated a loan switch to the north west of England in order for Lampard to stay fit ahead of the new MLS season.
And while the former West Ham youngster will be on the other side of the Atlantic when the Premier League title is won and lost, Kompany still feels City might still owe him a massive debt.
The City captain said: “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 under-estimate 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.”
City are now 3.80 to retain their Premier League title this season while Chelsea are the current 1.60 favourites.