Liverpool hero Mark Lawrenson has commented that he believes Chelsea will be happier with their 1-1 draw against Manchester City than the Etihad Stadium club, as reported by BBC Sport.
This comes despite Stamford Bridge legend Frank Lampard scoring an equaliser against the club that he spent a significant period of time with.
Lampard refused to celebrate, given the esteem in which he is held by Chelsea fans and the esteem in which he holds the club, but he had a telling impact on a game that had swung in Chelsea’s favour.
Lawrenson does, however, think that the overall result was still better for Chelsea.
He said: “It was a pretty awful game for a while, until the sending off put a bit more fuel on the fire.
“The darling of Chelsea supporters Frank Lampard scored the equaliser but this is a result that will please Chelsea far more than Man City.
“In all honesty I am surprised they conceded. There is an awful long way to go but anybody who wants to win the league has to finish above Chelsea for me.”
Blues boss Jose Mourinho is known to favour slightly more defensive tactics in away fixtures, and seemed to have pulled off another masterclass when City had Paulo Zabaleta sent off.
This was followed by Andre Schurrle scoring for the away side, but he was at fault for Lampard’s equaliser, having lost the run of James Milner down the left wing.