Lampard quells Mourinho rift and says relationship is strong

Lampard quells Mourinho rift and says relationship is strong

Lampard and Mourinho

Frank Lampard has spoken out about the relationship he now shares with Jose Mourinho ahead of the top of the table clash between Chelsea and Spurs.

Lampard played under Mourinho at Chelsea during the two stints the Portuguese coach had at the club. In their last meeting, the pair were seen in animated fashion on the touchline.

“I don’t think our relationship has changed that much,’ continued the Chelsea head coach. ‘When I left Chelsea in 2014, I moved on and my life moved in a different direction. When you’re a professional, you’re so consumed in it and the relationship changes so it changed but we were always very cordial,” said the Chelsea manager and legend.

“If I see Jose or I talk about him or we send messages to each other, we’ve always had a good relationship on that front. Naturally now, when we are doing the cut-throat thing of being managers at these big clubs that are rivals, I think it does change the relationship. Not in a bad way because I certainly have no problem with it.”

“We are very competitive people and we both want to do well. When I speak about Jose, I always show how much respect I have for him in all senses and I’ve always felt that back from him.”

When the pair meet on Sunday, Mourinho will go in with his side possibly still top of the Premier League and looking to assert further dominance on a league season which looks the most unpredictable for several years.

Pressure is off Mourinho

Mourinho has deployed his latest bout of mind games towards Chelsea, saying he no longer has to worry about pressure being the Spurs coach. All the pressure supposedly being on his teammates.

“When you are favourites, you know why you are favourites,” Mourinho said. “And you have to accept that and you have to deal with that kind of pressure and responsibility. I was at clubs which were, let’s say, champions in the market because of their powerful investments.”

“I had to deal with that pressure. So now it’s not for me to deal with that pressure. It’s for others to deal with that pressure. That’s not for us.”

Mourinho has enjoyed some great managerial rivalries over his career. From Arsene Wenger to Pep Guardiola. The dynamic with Frank Lampard however is completely different and arguably more entertaining with the Englishman a former player of Jose’s.

Jose Mourinho & Pep Guardiola laughing

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Mourinho also was quick to point out Chelsea’s additions but Lampard retorted that both clubs have spent similarly over the last two seasons.

“If you look at the spending over the last couple of seasons – what Tottenham made in the summer I came to Chelsea and then what they have done in this break, compared to us, you will see it has been a very similar output,” Lampard said.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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