Frank Lampard scored a classy effort on his final Premier League match as Manchester City beat Southampton 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
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The Chelsea legend was given a start by Manuel Pellegrini and demonstrated his qualities with a magnificent performance that reminded many of why the veteran is held in such high regard in the Premier League.
Lampard left Stamford Bridge last summer, but returned to the EPL this season when he signed a short-term deal with reigning-champions City.
He has featured 32 times for the Citizens this season—making 10 starts and scoring six goals, contributing one assist.
Against Southampton, with Vincent Kompany benched, Lampard captained the home side, and scored something of a vintage Lampard effort with a precise finish on 31 minutes.
The midfielder thrived as the central attacking midfielder in Pellegrini’s 4-2-3-1 formation, and there was little in his performance to suggest that he couldn’t contribute—at City or elsewhere—for another EPL campaign.
However, when he was substituted on 77 minutes—replaced by Jesus Navas—it was apparent that his time at the club had come to an end, with an emotional Etihad Stadium showering the modern great with praise, affection and respect.
His stay at City may have been brief, but the club’s fans will likely remember Lampard for his humility and his class.
Lampard now leaves England for New York City FC having won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League, all with Chelsea.