Roberto Martinez hails experience of Frank Lampard ahead of Wigan's clash with Chelsea this weekend.
Last Updated: February 9, 2013 2:03pm
Roberto Martinez: Says experience is key ahead of Wigan's clash with Chelsea
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has paid tribute to experienced midfielder Frank Lampard ahead of his side's clash with Chelsea this weekend.
The 34-year-old's future at Stamford Bridge had been clouded in doubt, before recent rumours emerged of a potential contract extension.
Martinez, meanwhile, is another of Lampard's admirers and highlighted the invaluable role of experience in an environment of youth.
"Experience is a big word and it is very difficult, in football terms, to describe it," said Martinez.
"Experience in football is one of the most important ingredients in a successful team. You need it during a game so you know what to expect, how to affect that game.
"Experience allows you to get positive results when you play well.
"That is something that Frank Lampard brings - he knows when to make forward runs, he knows when to score goals, when to stop games and when to affect players around him.
"Experience is very important to have in a squad but you need a happy balance.
"You cannot have a too ageing squad and you cannot have too young a squad but experience without legs doesn't take you anywhere and you need that bravery of youth surrounding experience."