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Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho criticised Frank Lampard for playing Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham against Manchester United and insisted Lampard should have played experienced players instead.
Despite impressing against Manchester United, Mourinho insisted Mount shouldn’t have started against Manchester United.
Ahead of Chelsea’s Super Cup clash against Liverpool on Wednesday, Lampard has launched a staunch defence of his Chelsea youth policy.
Lampard said: “With regards to picking inexperienced or experienced teams, I completely pick the best team I see to win the game regardless of age.
“I think it’s very important to have a competitive team. Yes, if young players are showing what they can do in training and deserve their chance – for example Mason Mount deserves his chance completely on merit – I will have no fears to play young players because it’s important for a club like Chelsea that we do that.
“But they need to deserve their chance.”
Meanwhile, following Chelsea’s 4-0 loss to Manchester United on Sunday, Lampard was left surprised after learning Jose Mourinho had criticised Mason Mount for his performance against Manchester United.
Lampard said: “He didn’t like the performance of Mason Mount? Is that what he said? Did he? wow.”