Sunday, December 22, 2019

"Jose taught me how to bond with youngsters"

Frank Lampard has said that the way Jose Mourinho bonded with him as a young player has given him an example to follow with his own Chelsea youngsters.

Lampard will manage against his mentor on Sunday when Chelsea make their first trip to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Mourinho’s side able to leapfrog the Blues on goal difference with a win.

The relationship between Lampard and Mourinho has come under scrutiny ahead of kick-off and the former has said that the latter is a role model in how he deals with his Chelsea players, many of whom are in the early stages of their careers.

“I suppose when you say is there anything I take from Jose, maybe my answer could have been and should have been that when he first came to Chelsea, I had played under different managers. Harry Redknapp was my uncle, so that relationship was there, but he was the first manager that day-to-day made me feel really close to him.

“We worked on the mental side without working on it; it was just this confidence that he gave me which forms a bond. He did form a bond with me. Working with the younger players that we have here now, it is my duty to try and form my bond with them.

“They are at the start of their journey and career. They need to look up to, not just myself, but the staff and know what it takes to get to where they want to be, so if I can form that bond with the players [then it is good].

“I love all the young boys here; they are all really good players so I try to do that."

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