Frank Lampard on playing against, now under Patrick Vieira
Frank Lampard is set to embark on his first full season in MLS when New York City FC's 2016 campaign gets underway, and his manager is a familiar one.
Lampard played against first-year NYCFC manager Patrick Vieira when both were in the Premier League (and while they played for England and France, respectively), and he recalled some of those memories on this week's Planet Fútbol Podcast in an interview with SI's Grant Wahl.
The 37-year-old Lampard, who is two years younger than Vieira nearly to the day, spoke of how overmatched he was when the two first went head-to-head in the Premier League and how their relationship has changed now that Vieira is running the NYCFC show, in place of ousted manager Jason Kreis.
"We didn't get on too much on the pitch. He was very competitive," Lampard said. "I was slightly younger than Patrick ... so I came through a bit fresh, a bit naive, and many a time at Highbury (Arsenal's former home stadium), I remember Patrick off of his long legs flicking the ball over my head and getting it on the other side and I was chasing him and his shadow.
"It was great, I learned from him, I learned from playing against him. He got nasty, he'd be in your face, he'd let you know and I respected that. I think he has done very well since he's finished and decided to go into management. He's done the grassroots side, he's been working with the young players in Manchester and not gone straight into the big job. He's done his schooling there, and I think we'll get the benefits of that next year with him."
Listen to the whole interview below (Lampard's segment begins at the 14:37 mark):
Lampard and Vieira overlapped a little at Manchester City, when Lampard was playing and Vieira was coaching the club's youth team, and the two kick off their new season together on March 6 at the Chicago Fire.
Of course, Vieira can still bring it on the field, as Jason Hernandez found out the hard way in training.