Frank Lampard explains touchline row with Jose Mourinho
Lampard just shaded this one
Frank Lampard isn't having the best of weeks, bless him.
Though his Chelsea side managed to escape The Hawthorns with a point after a calamitous first half showing against West Brom at the weekend, Lampard is said to have flown into a furious rage at Marcos Alonso when back in the dressing room.
His move is unlikely to have been lifted following his side's elimination from the Carabao Cup at the hands of Tottenham on Tuesday evening, either. Chelsea went out on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur stadium. Timo Werner's first goal for the club was a rare bright point, but even that was overshadowed by Eric Dier's need for a shit.
During the game Lampard was also spotted engaging in what appeared to be another row - this time with his old boss Jose Mourinho. In footage captured by Sky Sports, the Spurs manager seemed to take issue with Lampard being so vocal on the touchline.
Old friends Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard exchanged words on the touchline during the first half at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.pic.twitter.com/dNJXJ5lLD0
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) September 29, 2020
Mourinho attempted to defuse things later, explaining after the game that he had merely been offering his old player some advice.
“With Frank the most important thing is my feelings towards him rather than any words we exchanged,” said. “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.”
Lampard also played down the row/ friendly advice from an old coach to a young talented coach (delete as appropriate).
“We were having some fun on the line," Lampard said. "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.”