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Lampard on Alonso by lfctalk
February 1, 2009, 22:19
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Frank Lampard yesterday spoke of his running feud with Xabi Alonso, which will have become more heated after today’s encounter, with Martin Samuel of The Daily Mail.

“There is rivalry and then there are the teams that really don’t like each other. Lampard offers a diplomatic response, but a knowing smile.”

“It is strong, I can’t deny that,” he admits. “The players feel an extra edge. You’ll see it on Sunday. We’ve played them so many times in big games so lots of individual tensions build up. There is always something between me and Xabi Alonso, for instance.”

“But you broke his leg.” pointed out Samuel.

“Yes, I know, and it was a foul and I got booked, so I am not trying to plead innocence, but it was a tap, it wasn’t anything nasty; the sort of tackle that happens all the time, both ways. That night, when I heard how it had worked out, I felt very bad and phoned to apologise but he wouldn’t really have it and ever since he has that look in his eye when we meet, and there is always a bit of jostling and shoving.”

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