Martinez: Experience is key

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has paid tribute to experienced midfielder Frank Lampard ahead of his side's clash with Chelsea this weekend.

Last Updated: 09/02/13 at 14:03 Post Comment

Roberto Martinez: Says experience is key ahead of Wigan's clash with Chelsea

Roberto Martinez: Says experience is key ahead of Wigan's clash with Chelsea

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."

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