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Biting Back: Interesting reaction in store for Frank Lampard

By Steven Beacom

To boo or not to boo, that is the question? I'm talking Christine Bleakley's other half, super Frankie Lampard.

The 36-year-old midfielder will be back at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night. Playing for Manchester City. Still sounds strange.

The match between Chelsea and City is being billed as a title decider. It will be if Jose Mourinho's men win because they will NOT surrender an eight point lead.

Diego Costa stamping his authority and boots all over Liverpool in midweek has largely kept the heat off Lampard but as kick-off approaches, attention will turn to the ex-England midfielder.

Back in September despite scoring (wouldn't you know it?) for City at the Ethiad Stadium to rescue a 1-1 draw against Chelsea, the visiting fans gave Frank a mighty ovation, appreciative of his sterling service and the fact he didn't celebrate his goal.

He wasn't supposed to be around for tomorrow's clash, having apparently been on a short term loan deal from New York City FC, only for it to emerge recently that City had actually signed him on a 12 month contract!

The revelations did City no favours. They didn't help Lampard much either in the eyes of some Chelsea supporters.

But to boo the bloke after all he achieved with them? That's just ridiculous. He's the greatest player in Chelsea's history, scoring a record 211 goals in 648 games during 13 glittering years when the Blues won the lot.

And remember had Chelsea really wanted to keep Lampard, instead of edging him out the door, he would happily have stayed with them.

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