Chelsea FC manager Jose Mourinho feels that the 1-1 draw was a fair result and praised Frank Lampard, who scored the equalizer for Manchester City, for his professionalism.
The script was set for Frank Lampard and the midfielder came off the bench to deliver his role perfectly. After dominating most of the game, Manchester City went behind in the 71st minute after Pablo Zabaleta was sent off for his second bookable offense. Frank Lampard, a club legend for the Blues, came off the bench and equalized with a trademark ‘well timed run and finish’.
Lampard was overwhelmed with contradicting emotions at that point and didn’t celebrate the goal, we also received a wonderful reception from both set of fans. Jose Mourinho though didn’t make much of this and insisted that it doesn’t bother him that a former player scored against them. Mourinho praised Lampard for his professionalism and stated that Chelsea supporters will never forget his contribution towards the club.
“I don’t make (anything).
“He is a Man City player. Maybe I am too pragmatic in football but he decided to come to a competitor of Chelsea and love stories are obviously over.
“He did his job as the super-professional he is and he scored.
“This is England, and this is Chelsea. Chelsea people can never forget what people have done at this club [talking about the warm reception for Lampard from Chelsea fans].
“It happened with me when I met Chelsea with Inter, and it happened with Lamps.” – The Chelsea manager said.
Manchester City’s equalizer was created by James Milner, who produced a wonderful performance on the day. Mourinho though defended his decision to push for a goal and replace Ramires with Andre Schurrle.
“I know the difference between Ramires and Schurrle. Schurrle scored a goal that Ramires would probably never have scored, coming in at the far post. But Ramires would never concede that goal with Milner going in behind.
“But this is football and we tried to win.“ – Mourinho added.
The Chelsea boss was pleased with the point and felt that the draw was a fair result.
“It was a big game. I think maybe in the end 1-1 was a fair result.
“We went 1-0 up after they had a player sent off and Diego (Costa) hit the post, but then they had a reaction.
“Even playing with one player less, they had a reaction and equalised.
“The conclusion we made in the dressing room is that we came here as leaders with two points more than the second-placed team.
“We played in the champions’ house, and we leave with three points more than second, so it is a good weekend for us.” – He said after the game.