Jose Mourinho preferred to focus on Chelsea extending their lead at the top of the Premier League rather than the Blues legend who scored against his former club in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at reigning champions Manchester City.
All-time leading Chelsea goalscorer Frank Lampard, playing for Manchester City on loan from New York City, struck with five minutes remaining after Andre Schürrle’s opener looked to have continued the Blues’ 100% start to the season.
“We played at the champions’ house and we leave the champions’ house leaders with three points more than the second,” said Mourinho.
“It is a good weekend for us,” reaffirmed the 51-year-old, who’s side are three points ahead of second-placed Southampton.
Mourinho explained it is vital for his team to maintain their concentration throughout big games as ‘one mistake can be crucial’, a comment reiterated by defender Gary Cahill.
He said: “The goal at the end killed us a bit, nevertheless we came here two points ahead of second and we leave three points ahead of second.”
The game between last season’s champions Manchester City and this season’s favourites Chelsea was a tight affair with more yellow cards brandished than shots on target.
The game sprang into life 20 minutes after the break, following an uneventful first half.
Manchester City were reduced to 10 men when defender Pablo Zabaleta received a second yellow card and Chelsea made this numerical advantage count.
They broke from a Manchester City corner and, following a quick counter-attack, Eden Hazard found substitute Schürrle at the back post to give Chelsea the lead.
But, following his introduction with 13 minutes remaining, Lampard arrived late in the Chelsea area to stab home and send the Blues back to London with just one point.
Lampard, who spent 13 years with Chelsea, admitted after the game he was lost for words following his crucial goal.
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