International breaks are awfully boring for most football fans, as we're treated to low quality football that can be hard to find coverage of, and often times means nothing at all to the players involved in the match. As it turns out, fans aren't the only ones that need to find other activities to fill their time, as retired internationals have little to nothing to do during the break either.
Frank Lampard filled some of his free time by talking to Sky Sports, an interview which can be watched in full here. Most of his comments had to do with his former England teammates and the lack of success when pair with slippery Steven Gerrard, but he did answer one question about Chelsea's new signings during the interview. Here's what he had to say about Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa:
"I’ve watched their games from afar and neither of them are a surprise to me. I knew Cesc Fabregas and played against him at Arsenal. He knows the Premier League and is a top, world-class player. We watched Diego Costa on video before we played Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League last year and you could have probably sat there for three hours looking at his running, his goals and the things he was doing. I thought ‘he’s some player’ and Chelsea have signed that player. I know Vincent Kompany pretty well now and he saw playing against him as a challenge. Diego Costa probably walked into this league and thought it’s very good, but the Man City game was the one game where people stood up and fought back at him. He got through once and hit the post and that’s the quality of the player."
Lampard also talked a bit about joining Manchester City, and what that feels like after so many years at a rival club:
"I’d made the call to go to America, so I was moving from the Premier League. This has come as a surprise and an opportunity for me and I am thoroughly enjoying it. It always helps when you’re scoring goals and things are going alright on a personal note. I’ve turned up and I am training hard; I’m not one to sit and make up the numbers in the squad. I am at Manchester City now to try and play and contribute. I won’t play every game, but if I come on and make the difference in certain games I’ll be happy."
It still hurts to see Lampard wearing the wrong shade of blue, but at least it's a short term move and he's not wearing red. I'm looking forward to seeing Lampard make the move to NY though, where at the very least, he can't score against Chelsea anymore.