Lampard reveals how he feels to be ahead of Manchester City

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After 12 round of Premier League matches, it is surprising that Chelsea are third in the league, as the Blues were expected to have a poor season under Frank Lampard.

It’s even more surprising that reigning Premier League champions are 4th in the league and a point behind Chelsea.

Chelsea face City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening, and Blues boss Frank Lampard was asked in his press conference what he would have said if someone had told him in the summer his team would travel to City in late November above the reigning champions.

Lampard responded: “I’d have said ‘thank you very much’ out of respect for Man City because of the levels that they and Liverpool have reached over the last two seasons, it’s been incredible. I have nothing but respect for both of them so for us to be in that position is something that I’m pleased with but I actually want more as well.

“I look at ourselves predominantly and don’t consider others around us and I think where might we have got more points. It will be a great test to see where we’re at but it won’t be the end story. You can go to Manchester City and lose, any team can because they’re such a strong outfit so I won’t be making huge judgements because our story is three months or so in the making in terms of me being here and some of the younger players coming in.”

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