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We're No Galacticos, and Ballack is No Problem, Lampard Says Frankly
The Daily Telegraph, August 21st, 2006 4:39PM

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The Daily Telegraph asks Frank Lampard to be totally frank about rising expectations at Chelsea and the realization that his club is the new Real Madrid, continually filling its roster with ever-more galacticos. Galactico-culture, lest we forget, proved to be the undoing of Real Madrid in Spain, enabling the rise of Barcelona. Too many cooks in the kitchen can be a bad thing indeed, and too many central midfielders who play similar styles (many say Michael Essien is to Claude Makelele as Michael Ballack is to Frank Lampard), could clog the midfield. "It begins with the manager," says Lampard, who as ever, fails to put a foot wrong when addressing the media. "I think everyone understands that he is a very strong personality and that he sees the team first rather than the individual. I don't think he would buy a player he thought might disrupt the rest of the team...We've signed what people might call stars in Ballack and Shevchenko and, when you look at what they've done in their careers, they probably are stars, but the way they've settled, for sure, they're not superstar personalities. I don't think you can read too much into calling them stars and then pointing in the galactico direction...We have to keep our unity, our spirit and our togetherness." That's a passage from his book, To be Totally Frank , which seems to be as much about addressing the Ballack-Lampard controversy as entertaining the masses with first-hand accounts of Chelsea's dominating last two seasons. Ballack is goal-scoring midfielder who's vision and balance are his greatest assets. Lampard brings the exact same thing to the table. Will they counter-balance each other, or is a Lampard-Ballack center midfield what every team needs? We'll have to wait till next week, because the German captain didn't play against Manchester City due to injury. Read the original story...


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