Chelsea manager Frank Lampard on Saturday hailed Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho by saying that his counterpart is a ‘top manager’.
Ahead of their Premier League clash on Sunday, Lampard said that he has a lot of respect for the former Chelsea manager.
“The problem with this is it’s not the me and Jose show. It’s a game against Tottenham. I want to beat him. I respect him and know what a top manager he is. He wants to beat me because he used to manage Chelsea, he used to manage me, and now he’s managing Tottenham and wants to beat us,” Chelsea TV quoted Lampard as saying.
Lampard, who is Chelsea’s all-time top-scorer, said that he has a lot of respect for Jose, who had managed Lampard for four seasons (2004-07, 2013-14).
“It was a good honour to go up against him, but I wanted to beat him. It would be strange to call him boss now. Now I am an ex-player, on this side of the fence, I won’t be calling him boss. But that doesn’t take away from the respect I have for him,” he added.
During his two stints at Chelsea, Mourinho won three Premier Leagues, three League Cups, FA Cup, and an FA Community Shield.
This will the pairs second managerial meeting after Lampard’s Derby County knocked out Jose’s Manchester United side in the League Cup third round, last season.
Chelsea will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday.