‘It does change’ – Lampard makes admission about his relationship with Mourinho

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It is always a big game when Tottenham and Chelsea go up against each other but the derby has even more riding on this time around, with both teams currently showing the potential to be included in the Premier League title race.

The fact that Jose Mourinho will be going up against his former player in Frank Lampard adds another layer of drama to the encounter.

Mourinho won three league titles with Chelsea over two spells, with Lampard being a key part of his success in his first stint at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho and Lampard were involved in a heated touchline spat when the two sides met in a Carabao Cup clash back in September, which indicated that their relationship is not as strong as it perhaps once was.

Speaking ahead of the clash tomorrow afternoon, the Chelsea boss admitted that the relationship has changed as a result of him and Mourinho being in charge of rival clubs but insisted that there is still mutual respect among the two.

Lampard told Sky Sports: “I left Chelsea in 2014 and my life went in different directions, and when you are a professional generally you are so consumed and busy in your life that the relationship changes.

“We were always very cordial. If I see Jose, if I talk about him or if we send messages to each other, we’ve always had a good relationship.

“Naturally now, when we are managers of big clubs that are rivals, I think it does change the relationship. Not in a bad way – I’ve got no problem with him. We are very competitive people and we both want to do well.

“I think when I speak about Jose I always show how much respect I have for him. I’ve always felt that back from him.”

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