Frank Lampard has rejected Jose Mourinho’s explanation of the pair’s touchline row during Chelsea’s Carabao Cup penalty shootout defeat to Tottenham Hotspur and promised he will not fall out with another one of his old managers Roy Hodgson this weekend.
Mourinho insisted that he confronted Lampard with his team trailing by a single goal on Tuesday night to advise the Chelsea head coach on his touchline behaviour.
The Portuguese, Lampard's manager at Chelsea from 2004-07 and again in 2013-14, could be heard shouting “F------- hell Frank, when you're losing 3-0 you're not standing up here” in reference to their 3-3 draw with West Bromwich Albion.
But Lampard has rejected Mourinho’s explanation that the comments were advice by saying: “I don’t think any remarks made on the touchline during the game can be called advice. They can probably be wrapped up as advice after a game when you manage to get back in the game and win on penalties, so I don’t think that is the case.
“I would always be happy to not just take advice from fellow managers, but everything around me whether it be my players, staff, people I respect, listen to in football outside football, in life. I think that’s what moulds you as a manager so I don’t think the Jose incident was ever advice. It wasn’t that.”
Mourinho had claimed: “The only thing I said was an opinion of an old coach to a young, talented coach. Which was when the players need us is when they are losing. When they are winning, we don’t need to be the protagonist of the touchline. In the last match, when they were losing 3-0, I felt sorry for him because he was really sad and quiet in his chair. In terms of football, I have nothing to teach him.”
Lampard immediately reacted to Mourinho’s touchline comments by telling the Tottenham head coach that he spent more time speaking to the referee than his own players.
On his own behaviour, Lampard added: “I think on the line if you look like you are forced and trying to be what might be perceived as arrogant, for what that looks like or trying to portray a character, I think that's something that can become maybe not real, or maybe boring from the outside.
“I certainly don't do that, I just react as I see fit in the game in the competitive environment. Sometimes, you can reflect and go ‘was that too much or not?’ That's fine. I don't think people should expect to not get caught up in the excitement and that was just it. It was no big deal.”
Lampard goes up against another one of his former coaches, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson, who he worked under with England, on Saturday and does not expect any toucline spats.
“When I talk about people putting on a character or not, Roy has been an incredibly straight down the line manager, person, coach, his career is something that's beyond exceptional,” said Lampard.
“I've got so much respect for Roy Hodgson in the job he's done and the way he carries himself. I don't want to pre-empt it, but there'll be no touchline spats with me and Roy, because I've got too much respect for him and I think he's just brilliant as a man.”