After our result against Sunderland, the clash between Manchester City and Southampton was the affair to pay attention to, in order to know who would be giving us the real run for the number one spot entering the hectic month of December.
Southampton have been impressive all season long but had no chance but to stumble against star studded City, although when City’s defender, Eliaquim Mangala, got sent off, there was some hope that maybe Southampton could capitalize on that and get some sort of result, but up came that man from the bench, that legend.
Frank Lampard has been known for being exceptional in Chelsea’s blue colours, becoming the club’s all-time top scorer and breaking in a few other records during his majestic period at Stamford Bridge. But having not signed a new contract he looked well on his way to the American Major League Soccer (MLS) in a New York City FC outfit, and there was talk about him going on loan to keep fit for the inaugural season with the club. As a result of the same sponsors and owners, Lampard was shipped to Man. City for a loan period enough to have him and fit for the MLS side.
Lampard’s loan to City may not have hurt the Chelsea fans as much at the time due to his legendary status, but he has been writing large in City’s script for this season. In our clash with City, they were a goal down and upon persuading Manuel Pellegrini earlier not to play him against us, his beloved club, he emerged from the bench and one of the most anticipated goals happened. Lampard earned City a point with that strike, and the Chelsea fans were in mixed emotions. Lampard was received well and after the game also showed his appreciation to them.
That Lampard goal against us made him the first player to score against 39 different Premier league clubs, and that was the beginning of it for Super Frank. He’s been scoring for the in domestic cups, in Europe and in the league, as he should, and every celebration of each must cause some sort of mixed emotions from Chelsea fans peeking. It’s still the same two hands pointed to the sky in acknowledgement of his mum who died in 2008 but there’s no kissing the City badge, like he shouldn’t despite City fans chanting our beloved chant ‘Super Frank’.
Despite helping City’s ship sail on title contention seas, Lampard also has a personal agenda of his own, another record. Already the highest goal scoring midfielder ever in the Premier League, Lampard is just a goal behind Thierry Henry’s 175 on the all-time list, an occasion we would have wanted him to celebrate in our outfit. If City don’t extend Lampard’s contract, his last game before he departs overseas is against us, sometimes I wonder who writes these script to this stuff.