Emotional Frank Lampard Lost For Words After Scoring Against Chelsea F.C.

Updated: 22 September 2014 09:39 IST

Frank Lampard, who left Chelsea at the end of last season as the club's highest goal-scorer after 13 years at the club, came on as a second-half substitute at the Etihad Stadium and refused to celebrate after scoring the equaliser.

Emotional Frank Lampard Lost For Words After Scoring Against Chelsea F.C.
Frank Lampard, a former Chelsea player, greeted almost every Chelsea player on the pitch after his goal for Manchester City earned the defending champions a draw at the Etihad. © AP

Manchester:

An emotional Frank Lampard admitted he felt like a man trapped between two worlds after scoring Manchester City's equaliser against former club Chelsea in Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw.

The 36-year-old midfielder, who left Chelsea at the end of last season, came on as a second-half substitute at the Etihad Stadium, scored five minutes from time after being picked out by James Milner to cancel out Andre Schurrle's 71st-minute opener.

His entrance and performance had both sets of fans singing his name.

"It's a really difficult one. I'd be unprofessional if I didn't come on and do my job, so I was trying to get into the box and it was a great ball back from 'Milly'," said Lampard.

"It's tough. I had 13 amazing years with the Chelsea fans, so I am mixed with it. I am obviously pleased the team I play for got a draw.

"I am a little lost for words. I didn't expect to come on and score like that. I came on and the Chelsea fans were singing, and that's emotional. Then I am playing for this club, who have taken me in brilliantly as well, so I am really stuck in the middle here."

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho shrugged off the Lampard factor as his side lost their 100 per cent start to the season.

"He is a Man City player. I don't believe in these histories of passion and heart, I don't believe in these. Maybe I am too pragmatic in football," he said.

"When he decided to come to Man City, a direct competitor of Chelsea, love stories are over. He did his job as the super professional he is, and he did well."

Topics : English Premier League Frank Lampard Chelsea Manchester City Football
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