Frank Lampard admits lack of fitness, vows to give NYCFC 100 percent

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

HARRISON, N.J. – If you want to see how Frank Lampard’s first start for New York City FC went, just take a look at social media.

There are the gifs of his miscued shots at goal or the Vine of him getting nutmegged by New York Red Bulls midfielder Mike Grella in the buildup to the Red Bulls’ second goal that has traveled throughout the internet.

While that may demonstrate his difficult outing at Red Bull Arena, ultimately, it is Lampard’s admission that he is still not fully match fit that serves to explain it all.

“I’ve had a weeks training which is not enough so this game will help me and I need to get to my 100 percent as quick as I can because I want to help the team,” Lampard said.

Lampard has only played 107 minutes for NYCFC this season and has been ineffective in that miniscule window. That, of course, is understandable. Shortly after arriving to the club in early July, he suffered a calf strain that kept him out of training until the final week of the month. Prior to that, Lampard was offered sparse playing time with Manchester City, and wrapped up his first free month celebrating his marriage and enjoying a long awaited honeymoon.

There were no signs that Lampard’s calf was bothering him during the match. There were no bandages on the muscle after the match, either. Lampard made no excuse for his play.  The calf injury, he said, was not bothering him.

At full health and with three matches in the next thirteen days, the opportunity is there for Lampard to gain match fitness. It will also allow Lampard to gain an understanding of his new teammates and correct the mistakes from last night that cost NYCFC a chance to defeat its rivals.

“We lost the game obviously but I think there were moments particularly early on when we could’ve taken the lead and the game might have gone differently,” Lampard said. “I’m going to get fitter and hopefully stick those chances away that didn’t quite go in today and I’m sure the three of us can contribute and then the whole team can improve over weeks and time.”

  • Frankly Speaking

    What Frank Lampard said:

    ““I’ve had a weeks training which is not enough so this game will help me and I need to get to my 100 percent as quick as I can because I want to help the team,” Lampard said.

    “We lost the game obviously but I think there were moments particularly early on when we could’ve taken the lead and the game might have gone differently,” Lampard said. “I’m going to get fitter and hopefully stick those chances away that didn’t quite go in today and I’m sure the three of us can contribute and then the whole team can improve over weeks and time.”

    What Frank Lampard meant:

    “I haven’t taken training seriously because, you know, I was coming over to a sub-par league. But now it turns out that you chaps are all pretty fit & are running circles around my fat ass. I even got nutmegged by a guy that used to play for Leeds. On top of that, they just don’t rule PKs in my favor here because of my legendary status. I am past it! So, here ‘s my plan: I am going to train hard, re-injure myslef, take the money & run and all you 9/11 whining Yanks can siod off.”

    • send over the RFP

      to be fair to frank we do whine about 9/11 far too much

  • NYBOY

    What a bunch of horse scheiss. Why wasn’t he getting in shape over in Europe when he was playing for Man Ciry? He knew he was on his way over here, in fact his start was delayed with the whole transfer fiasco. If anything that should have made him more motivated to get in shape. Anyone who has any knowledge or experience with sports knows that a calf strain should be exceedingly rare for someone who’s in shape and especially a calf strain that keeps you off the field for so long. He’s 37 which is old by pro soccer standards but he ain’t that old. Lots of people competing regularly beyond 37 and getting it done. The truth: It seems that he didn’t take his coming here all that seriously.

  • US Soccer Fan

    the marketing should be through the lens of soccer performance – like wins