Jose Mourinho has admitted that he told Frank Lampard to stay calm on the touchline when his team is in the lead during Tottenham’s Carabao Cup win over Chelsea on Tuesday.
Timo Werner gave the Blues the lead in the first half but Spurs took control of proceedings after the interval, with Erik Lamela eventually getting the equaliser with just minutes left on the clock.
The home side then held their nerve to come out on top on penalties, handing Mourinho his first win against Lampard.
The pair were seen having a heated exchange on the touchline during the first half.
When asked about the incident after the game, the Tottenham boss insisted that he had huge respect for Lampard, given what he did for him as a player during his time at Stamford Bridge.
However, he urged the 42-year-old to stay calm when his side is ahead and to offer his players support on the touchline when they are losing, as they were at the Hawthorns last Saturday before fighting back to earn a 3-3 draw.
When asked about his exchange with Lampard, Mourinho told Football.London: “With Frank the most important thing is my feelings towards him rather than any words we exchanged.
“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.
“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.
“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.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I doubt Jose might have been as complimentary as he was to Lampard had we not won the game. He certainly did not mince his words on the touchline when he seemingly told the Chelsea boss to go back to his bench.
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