“I’ve huge respect for Jose” – Lampard plays down feud with former boss
It appears there was no love lost between Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard as Tottenham knocked Chelsea out of the Carabao cup yesterday.
Tempers flared on the touchline and the duo seemed to be engaged in a war of words some minutes before the half-time mark.
The event which raised eyebrows was caught on camera as both men exchanged words and some not-so-friendly gestures.
Lampard has since played down the incident – the former Chelsea midfielder who played under Jose Mourinho says they were only having fun and he has maximum respect for the Portuguese.
“We were having some fun on the line. I get on well with Jose and I think he said that to me.
“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. I have a huge respect for Jose, no matter what he says on the touchline.
“I 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.” Lampard said after his Chelsea team lost to Tottenham.
The pair enjoyed success during their time at the Stamford Bridge.
Lampard was one of the finest midfielders during his playing days.
And Jose, been one of the best tacticians at the time, utilized Lampard as much as he could.
The 57-year-old Portuguese claim that his feelings towards Lampard supersedes whatever he said during the feud.
“With Frank the most important thing is my feelings towards him rather than any words we exchanged,” said Mourinho. “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.
Jose Mourinho says he was only lending Lampard some old tricks from his knowledge about the game.
“The only thing I was telling him, just an opinion of an old coach to a young talented coach, which 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.
Lampard is facing the pressure of managing a big team like Chelsea and could make do with some of Mourinho’s tactical tricks especially in defence.