Although his loyalty to Chelsea remains rock-solid, there were signs on Saturday that there is some genuine affection for City.
He agreed with the reaction of City's dressing room - they were convinced they should have won this game. Lampard's assessment was about right.
"In terms of chances in the first half, City were the stronger team and possession-wise in the second half," he said.
"The result is probably better for Chelsea in terms of the league. We were in the dressing room there feeling that we probably might have won the game.
"It kind of leaves a nice balance. You lose that game and some people would write you off. This keeps the league ticking over.
"The race is on and you are talking about the two best teams in the country."
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