Chelsea's 100 percent record had a dent inflicted by a physically robust Manchester City side put out by Manuel Pellegrini, whose side salvaged a point from former Chelsea man Frank Lampard who Mourinho says, has ended his love affair with the Blues
Chelsea's 100 percent record had a dent inflicted by a physically robust Manchester City side put out by Manuel Pellegrini whose team wasted no time in letting their intentions known from the first blast of the whistle and referee Mike Dean returning the gesture with nine yellow cards and a red for City’s Argentine right-back Pablo Zaballeta in the second half.
Giving the send-off, Chelsea had a one-man advantage and the initiative to bring on Andre Schurrle to break the deadlock in the 71st minute to put the blues ahead, bringing what looked like a repeat of last season’s 1-0 win at the Etihad (Branislav Ivanovic the goal scorer).
But the day did not belong to Jose Mourinho or Chelsea, instead it was for former Chelsea great and all-time leading scorer – Frank Lampard. The 36 year old come-off the bench to a thunderous welcome from Chelsea fans at the bridge; this time, in shades of sky blue to score against his old team in the 85th minute to get the equalizer for City. An Explosive scene immensely welcomed by City faithfuls, nonetheless, for Lampard, emotions surged as he refused to celebrate the goal against a club he spent 13 years.
"The reception I got when I came on was amazing, I can't speak highly enough of the fans.
I came here to do a job and it was a special and weird day. It was a difficult day for me at the end because what do you do? You're caught in the middle,'' Lampard said
It was actually his first goal for City, the decisive kind he scored in over 600 appearances while at Stamford Bridge and a script well writing by the Ex-England midfielder who recently retired from international action, following a disappointing summer World Cup in Brazil with the Three Lions and his blues exit in July, after 13 years and 211 goals for the West London club to join Major League Soccer side New York City FC.
The Brooklyn based side are not due in the MLS until the 2015 season and co-owners Manchester City opted for the return of the Chelsea legend to the Premier league, though only for a short six months spell, the move is already proving quite worthy for City boss Manuel Pellegrini, as the Chilean manager engineered Super Frankie to pour cold water on the defensive plans of Jose Mourinho to ensure City only stay 5 points from the top.
"I was sure that if Frank Lampard plays he will score, things like that happen in football.
"He will be a very important player for us. From the beginning he has been involved 100% in every day. "I think that maybe he was not happy to score against such an important team for him, but he is very professional."
Lampard who came on with 12 minutes remaining received huge applause after the game from both City and Chelsea fans. For Mourinho - his former boss, not one to join the emotional fest, insisted that Lampard's love affair with Chelsea is finished.
"Frank Lampard is a Man City player," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "When he decided to go to a direct competitor then love stories are over."
Olisa Chukwumah is a sports broadcaster/analyst for 96.9 Cool FM and 99.3 Nigeria Info FM