If reading the phrase “Manchester City’s Frank Lampard” still sounds weird to you, imagine how it felt for the longtime midfielder to enter Stamford Bridge as a visitor.
For the first time since he was a Hammer at the turn of the century, Lampard was on the pitch as an opponent versus Chelsea. The game finished a 1-1 draw, and Lampard made a 15-minute cameo as a substitute.
Lampard felt City’s level of play has suffered in recent weeks, and carried over to Saturday. But what most people cared about was how he felt wearing sky blue instead of royal.
From Sky Sports:
“From a personal point of view it was a bit of a strange day coming back to Stamford Bridge. I was a bit nervous, but I was delighted with the reception from both sets of fans.
“You don’t know what kind of reception you’ll get but Chelsea fans showed their class. I’m pleased to come back and see lots of people behind the scenes and running back out on that pitch.”
Lampard was the last player on the pitch, saluting both groups of supporters. The future New York City FC player has become an important part of City’s title chase, though getting just a single point against Chelsea puts a serious dent in their chances.