Lampard: I'll never forget the day I scored against Chelsea
It must be one strange, strange feeling to walk in Frank Lampard's shoes right now.
As everyone knows by now, the on-loan Manchester City midfielder scored a dramatic late equaliser on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium with a trademark late run into the penalty to snatch a draw against his former club Chelsea.
It was certainly a poignant moment for the 36-year-old Chelsea legend, who chose not to celebrate the goal with his new teammates, and it certainly showed when he spoke to Chelsea TV in a short but rather moving interview that was posted on Facebook.
"I feel strange, even talking to you in this situation," said Chelsea's all-time top scorer as he spoke to his interviewer.
"The way the (Chelsea) fans were before I came on, it was emotional, I have to say. You're running around, but you have to suck it all in.
"I don't know if apology is the right word because as a professional you can't apologise for scoring goals, but the way they were before the goal and the way they were at the end of the game I'll never forget.
"I know we had good times together but to give me that when they're supporting their team, even when I've maybe spoilt the drive home for them, I'll never forget the day. Never forget it."
While his professionalism forbade him from apologising outright, it's very hard not to notice the words "Sorry, Chelsea fans" etched all over Lampard's rueful face.
And even though most fans tend to view a former player donning a rival club's jersey as a betrayal, it seems that isn't the case for Lampard.
Usually a place where vitriol rules, the comments section for the interview makes a rather surprising read.
Here's a sample from the more than 2,500 comments posted:
In the modern game of football where money seems to be increasingly trumping sentiment day by day, you can definitely file this little story under #faithinhumanityrestored.
Source: Chelsea Football Club Facebook page