Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has paid a special tribute to Chelsea fans whilst remaining diplomatic to current club Manchester City following a substitute appearance in the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.
The former England international midfielder had already made his mark on his old club, scoring the equaliser in their first Premier League encounter at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season. That also ended 1-1.
Whilst Lampard's involvement in the clash at his old stomping ground wasn't quite as significant, he was still the focus of attention when coming off the bench after 77 minutes.
The reaction of the Blues supporters was generally positive, and whilst the 36-year-old is trying to stop Jose Mourinho from claiming another Premier League title, most fans stood to applaud the club's record goalscorer.
Speaking after the match, Lampard admitted that it was a strange experience to play at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea, but was thankful to supporters of both clubs for making it an appearance to remember.
"It was strange but I knew it would be different. I enjoyed it. It is a special place for me here and I am coming back with a very good team. I think City maybe edged it," he told BBC Sport post-match.
"The Chelsea fans have been here a long time, they support their players and people who come back generally get a good reception. They supported their team throughout the game and they gave me a great moment at the end of the game. The City fans were great too, I think I am very lucky to have represented two great clubs.
"I have not played here for quite a while, it is a special place for me and for that reason I wanted to come here and enjoy it."
Lampard spent 13 years with Chelsea, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, one Champions League and one Europa League.
He signed for New York City at the end of his contract in west London, but would be back in the English top flight sooner than expected after agreeing a loan deal with the Citizens under Manuel Pellegrini.
Six month extension
That was originally expected to end at the start of the year, but after signing an extension Lampard will see out the remainder of the season with the club.