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July 18, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Lampard on perhaps playing in MLS: “I wouldn’t mind, actually.”

Chelsea postgame quotes
Carlo Ancelotti- Head Coach
(On what he learned about his team after today’s match) “I learned that on one hand a very good team that works very well. Sometimes we can make a mistake but not all the time. The players were concentrated. I like this because normally in the first game we can’t make a mistake, it is important to work hard and want to improve. We want to improve and we will improve for the next game. For the first game I am happy. Sometimes the team will not be as prepared.”
(On having an emerging star player in Daniel Sturridge) “He is a very good player, and he has to improve with some hard work. I liked his game because he scored one goal, also he worked hard for the team.”
(On having some easy opportunities to score in the first half) “No, the game was not easy. The game is difficult but we put ourselves in good position. We are not in very good condition, that is why these matches are useful to improve physical condition.”
(On the atmosphere of the game and the play of Seattle Sounders FC) “It was fantastic. It was a pleasure to play this game in this situation and this facility and with these people. The fans were enthusiastic to see the game, and it was a pleasure for the players to play. It was a pleasure for the staff to come here and stay and be in this moment.”
(On his assessment of the play of John Terry) “John Terry is a great man, a quiet man and he is a symbol of this team. There is no pressure on him to play. He is a very, very good man.”
(On his opinion about soccer in the United States) “It has improved very quickly. The players with good quality, Freddie Ljungberg is a great player, he has been a great player in the past and is still a great player. David Beckham who plays for the Galaxy is a great player.”
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard
On what he knew about the Sounders: “I knew they had the biggest crowds in the MLS. That’s what I heard. I knew they had Freddie Ljungberg, who’s been a top player in world football. I hadn’t heard too much about them but today I think we all saw a little bit. The buzz in this city has been very good since we’ve been here. They are going to do very well.”
On of level of play: “The game was pretty even really. Except for the two goals we scored, which might be the slight difference in quality from the Premier League to here. Seattle tried to play good football and created some good chances. They were unlucky not to score.”
On the image of US Soccer: “More and more players are coming here, maybe not always at the top of their game. There’s a good understanding of what they are trying to do here. The quality is going up.”
Would you consider playing here in the future: “I wouldn’t mind actually, yeah. Every time I come to the States, we always get a great reception, people are always very friendly. I come here on holidays nearly every year. Who knows one day when Chelsea don’t want me anymore?”
Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack
On the Seattle crowd: “Five or six years ago the stadium was not full when we came to the US. It looks like soccer became more popular and closed the gap on the big sports, like football and baseball.”
On possibly playing in the MLS someday: “Maybe. I can’t say now. As you know there are a lot of football players, who for them, it’s very attractive to play in a league like this. As you see the stadium was full, the level is improving a lot. It’s interesting for European football players of course.”
On the Sounders’ play: “They were in good shape. You see that from the US National Team as well. They are always well-prepared, and this team was a well. I suppose they are in the middle of the season so they are fit. Even then, the level is difficult to beat.”
On playing American football with some of the Seahawks yesterday: “I couldn’t catch the ball. You probably saw that. It was impressive to see the facility. It was amazing. It was a different sport but it seemed very, very professional. For us it was really impressive to see all the facilities. It’s a different world, even for us.”

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