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Frank Lampard and Jose Mourinho will put their relationship aside for Sunday’s derby clash at the Bridge.
It wouldn’t be their first time of meeting as managers, with Lampard having gotten the better of his former boss while in charge of Derby County, and also in the Premier League as Chelsea manager. But it was Mourinho who won the day when they met in the Carabao Cup in September.
There was a heated conversation on the touchline when the two faced each other two months ago, and former Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson has admitted that Jose wouldn’t like a confrontation from his former pupil.
“I have been at a couple of the games between them and I have watched them closely – there’s a bit of needle on the touchline which is good to see,” ex-Spurs keeper Robinson told the Racing Post.
“Frank likes to show he is no longer the pupil and stands up to Jose to prove to him he is no longer the pupil, which I am not sure Mourinho likes.”
Speaking about their title charge, Robinson said: “Jose and Frank Lampard are doing fantastically well and I genuinely believe they are both title contenders this season.
“This will be a game between two teams who have managers who need to produce and this is a big test for Frank, who was given a lot of money and brought in some outstanding players to the club.”