5 players who scored goals against their former clubs
There is nothing quite like when a player faces up against their old clubs. A feeling of inevitability that they will be involved in a flashpoint, an incident, play out of their skin or most exhilarating of all- score. This then brings the debate over whether these players should celebrate or not? Is it a sign of disrespect to celebrate scoring against an old employer or can the passion sometimes take over?
Too much to contain perhaps. There have been plenty of instances where players have gone overboard and let their emotions get the better of them whilst other times we have seen cooler heads prevail. Either way, there is just something special about a goal against a former club so lets take a look at some big ones!
Frank Lampard vs Chelsea
This one was written in the stars. Chelsea legend Frank Lampard spent 13 years at the club and amassed 648 appearances for the side from West London. With Lampard due to join MLS side New York City FC, a short term loan deal was agreed with Manchester City for the England legend to gain some match fitness before the US season got underway.
This stint in Manchester proved relatively successful with the midfielder playing a larger part than many expected- 38 games returning 8 goals proved he still had what it takes to compete at the highest level. Of those 8 goals, the one we are focusing on is the equalising goal he scored against his beloved Chelsea during a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium.
Lampard came off the bench in the 77th minute and 8 minutes later he swept home ahead of John Terry and past Thibault Courtois. From the moment he was readying himself to come on, Chelsea fans groaned and their sense of dread was justified as their former hero struck against them.
As classy and dignified as ever he refused to celebrate- instead looking rather apologetic in his body language. It was clear this was not a goal or a moment he had particularly enjoyed but this was plain and simple a vintage Frank Lampard goal, with the fact he did not celebrate endearing him to the Chelsea faithful even further.