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Lampard was the best in England: Van Persie

DERBY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Frank Lampard the manager of Derby County looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Millwall at Pride Park Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Derby, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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According to the former Netherlands international and Manchester United forward, Robin van Persie was comparable to Zinedine Zidane.

Frank Lampard played in the English Premier League from 1995 to 2015 before he left for New York City in the Major League Soccer (MLS).

He played for West Ham United, Swansea City, Chelsea and Manchester City.

And for former Red Devils forward Robin van Persie, Lampard was one of the best in the world, comparing him to Zinedine Zidane.

“There was ­something fascinating about the way Frank Lampard operated on the pitch,” he told The Mirror.

“For me, the art of being a great player is seeing things early and ­reading situations before others do. Luka Modric is brilliant at it – but Frank was the best of all.”

“I heard that some coaches observed him once for 90 minutes and it was noted that Frank’s eyes looked all around the pitch about 1,000 times. When I heard about that, I took it on board and decided to work on that aspect of my game intensively,” he explained.

“Most players need time to control a ball when they receive it. Their head goes down for a second and then it comes back up again – and, at that moment, you lose two vital seconds of decision-making.”

“And when you play against world-class players, you don’t get that kind of space and time. You need to keep up the speed in the game. It is the only way you can surprise your opponents. So, during a match, I am always scanning the pitch for space, for ­positions, for opponents and for ­team-mates. The older I became, the more I did it,” he continued.

“These days, I often play as a No.10 in midfield, which means I have three attackers in front of me.”

“I have made assists for goals for team-mates by delivering my passes early. It is crucial to know who is where on the entire pitch. And because the situation is ­constantly changing, Lampard would look up a thousand times,” he concluded.

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