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Lampard: I wasn’t upset with Mourinho’s criticism

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Frank Lampard insisted that things are still good between himself and his old Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho despite the latter’s criticism.

Mourinho slammed Lampard’s tactics during Chelsea’s opening day 4-0 defeat to Manchester United in the Premier League.

The Portuguese coach, while speaking as a television pundit on Sky Sports, questioned Lampard’s choice using young players. He also claimed that Chelsea got even the basics wrong and were simply “too soft” for United.

It left an unimpressed Blues coach to hit back afterwards by arguing that he couldn’t select his experienced players due to injury.

But now Lampard has laughed off the criticism, and revealed that he remains in close contact with Mourinho.

“With Jose, we would have texts from time to time,” he told talkSPORT.

“We had some at the start of the season around the Manchester United game where he had a little go!”

“It’s all good. I’ve sat in the punditry chair for a year so I understand the need to say things so I’m certainly not going to bang on too much. In terms of him, yeah we have a relationship.”

Mourinho, of course, was one of many talented managers that Lampard had the chance to play under at Chelsea.

The likes of Claudio Ranieri, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Carlo Ancelotti, Rafael Benitez and Guus Hiddink have all imparted their wisdom on him.

But it was his uncle Harry Redknapp, who formerly coached Tottenham and Southampton, who’s had the biggest influence in his rather short managerial career to date.

“Harry Redknapp is Uncle Harry so it would sound wrong if I didn’t speak to him, but he was great for me in getting me the role at Derby. He was close to Mel Morris [the chairman],” continued Lampard.

“He followed us brilliantly last year. He would text me and call me to talk about Derby and is doing the same at Chelsea so I have to shout Harry even though he is family.

“What he did for me in terms of getting me on the ladder managerially is huge and I will always be thankful for that.

“I had really good relationships with my managers but sometimes in football, Guus Hiddink actually sent me some great messages, you move on a bit and it doesn’t become like you were more acquaintances but I have huge respect for all of them.”

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BRISTOL, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Harry Redknapp, Manager of Birmingham City celebrates after his side avoid relegation after the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Birmingham City at Ashton Gate on May 7, 2017 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)