Manchester City’s Frank Lampard netted the equalizer that stopped his former employers Chelsea stroll to a fifth straight win in the Barclays Premier League as the two sides played to a 1 – 1 draw.
Pablo Zabaleta was sent off on 66 minutes and the former England international came from the bench on the 76th minute, replacing Aleksandr Kolarov with Manchester City trailing and scored his first goal for City nine minutes later to cancel out Andre Schurrle’s 71st minute opener.
Chelsea employed a defensive strategy for most parts of the game, only employing counter attacks and City boss Manuel Pellegrini was not to inspired by the London side’s style and in his post match comments, an irate Pellegrini termed Chelsea ‘a small team’, likening it with Stoke City.
“I think we played for 90 minutes with a small team, trying to defend all through. Personally, I would not be happy to play that way – ten players defended their own half, they scored from a counter attack and continued to defend up to the end.
“It is like we played the same team we played against Stoke here and it was very difficult for us to score but we finally managed and the result does not reflect the realities of the game but I do not want to analyse Chelsea because that is not my duty”, he said.
Pellegrini revealed his satisfaction with the ambition showed by his team and predicted a good run for the team.
“I am happy because our team played in one way, we continued playing with 11 players, trying to score, and with one player less trying not to have another counter attack and concede a goal. We continue with the same ambition, teams will find it hard to beat us. The team performance was very good”, he noted.