Why Mourinho refused to back Frank Lampard

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Frank Lampard was one of Jose Mourinho’s main men during his time as Chelsea coach, but the duo have since become rivals after Lampard’s journey into management.

Interestingly, the pair have even had their friction on the pitch this season during the League Cup clash, with Mourinho’s side coming out on top.

With Lampard’s job said to be on the brinks, the Portuguese hadn’t even offered a word of sympathy to his former player.

Mourinho was asked during his press conference on Friday if he believes Chelsea will stick with Lampard, but he bluntly replied: “No, that’s not my problem at all.”

Of course, Mourinho is known as a blunt manager and he thinks less of others, other than his success.

The experienced manager has further revealed that this season is a season of surprises, where any team can win or lose, which makes it part of the reason why he isn’t even thinking of Frank Lampard.

Mourinho also said: “I would say that almost every club is having these difficult periods. I would also give responsibility to opponents.

“I keep saying that what was almost a scandal [to lose] years ago is not a scandal anymore. Any team can go to any stadium and get a result. For me that’s clearly a situation that people cannot underestimate and people sometimes [do].

“The teams potentially considered with less potential is not like that as much as like before and these clubs and these professionals they also deserve the credit. So I don’t open my mouth anymore of ‘Wow! What a crazy result’. No more crazy results.

“So I feel it’s quite normal that every team, even the ones whose objective is to stay champions or top four or top six, I’m not surprise if these teams they have a run of a few matches where confidence drops a little bit as a consequence of a couple of bad results and then you pay with a few bad results.

“But the reality is nothing is eternal, not the consecutive victories and not the consecutive defeats, and always the next match, and the next and the next, are open matches with open results.”

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