Jose Mourinho explains reasons behind Frank Lampard touchline row

Jose Mourinho has opened up on the reasons behind his amazing touchline spat with Frank Lampard during Tottenham’s win over Chelsea.

Mourinho and his former player Lampard rowed during Thursday’s Carabao Cup clash, which saw Spurs go through on penalties.

Chelsea boss Lampard was up off his seat throughout the game and that seemed to wind up his Tottenham counterpart – especially after Timo Werner had given the visitors an early lead.

In a cheeky dig at Chelsea having had to come back from three goals down to draw against West Brom at the weekend, Mourinho said: “F*****g hell Frank, when you’re losing 3-0 you’re not standing up here.”

But afterwards, he insisted he has lost none of his respect for Lampard, who helped fire Chelsea to two Premier League title triumphs while Mourinho was manager at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard appeared to exchange angry words on the touchline

“With Frank the most important thing are my feelings to him are more important than any words that we exchange,” Mourinho said.

“He gave me everything he had as a player so I never forget that.

“My feelings will always be that I love him as a player, friend and professional.

“The only thing I said was an opinion of an old coach to a young, talented coach, which was when the players need us is when they are losing.

Mourinho has told Lampard to ‘stay calm’ after the Chelsea boss was up on his feet with his side in the lead

“When they are winning we don’t need to be the protagonist of the touchline.

“In the last match when they were losing 3-0 I felt sorry for him because he was really sad and quiet in his chair. In terms of football I have nothing to teach him.

“It was just an opinion. Stay on the touchline when your team is losing and stay calm when your team is winning.”

Lampard also played down the row, saying he and his former mentor were just having “a moment”.

Lampard helped fire Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea to back-to-back Premier League titles

“We were having some fun on the line,” said the former Chelsea skipper.

“I get on well with Jose and I think he said that to me.

“I commented on the fact that he seemed to speak more with the referee than he speaks with his players, so it is just a moment with us.

“I have a huge respect for Jose, no matter what he says on the touchline. I think he was feeling the sense of the first half and how it was. All was well at the end of the game and that will never change.”

Tottenham players celebrate their penalty shootout win over Chelsea

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Frank Lampard’s team have made wavs by signing Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva.

And they don’t seem keen on slowing down yet. one player who continues to be linked with the Blues is West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice.

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Tottenham booked their place in Thursday’s quarter-final draw after Erik Lamela cancelled out Werner’s opener, forcing a penalty shootout in which Chelsea’s Mason Mount was the only player to miss.

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