Chelsea faced Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night which ended in Spurs winning on penalties. There were many dramatic moments in the match, and Lampard’s riff with Mourinho was one of them.
Master vs Apprentice:
While Frank Lampard rose to fame and was one of the key figures of Mourinho’s reign at Chelsea, both of them are now at opposite ends as managers. During the match, Lampard and Mourinho had a fiery exchange on the touchline which resulted in officials getting involved.
“We were having some fun on the line. I get on well with Jose and I think he said that to me,” Lampard said post-match. “I commented on the fact that he seemed to speak more with the referee than he speaks with his players so it is just a moment with us. have huge respect for Jose, no matter what he says on the touchline. think he was feeling the sense of the first half and how it was. All was well at the end of the game and that will never change.”
Mourinho shows his experience:
Mourinho also spoke about it, “With Frank the most important thing is my feelings towards him rather than any words we exchanged.” “The only thing I was telling him, just an opinion of an old coach to a young talented coach. That was when the players need us it is when they are losing. When they are winning we don’t need to be the protagonists of the touchline, we need to be there when they are losing.”
He even offered him more advice. “In the last match when they were losing 3-0 I felt really sorry for him because he was sad and quiet in his chair. In terms of football I can’t teach him anything, he knows football. It is just an opinion, stay on the touchline when your team is losing and stay calm when your team is winning.”
Lastly, he expressed his utter admiration and praise for the former midfielder. “I owe him everything he gave me. He always gave me everything he had as a player and I never forget that. My feelings towards him will always be feelings of how much I owe him for how much of an incredible player, friend he was.”
They face each other on 28th November again, and it will be interesting to see them unite.