Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has opened up on the criticism he gets from Jose Mourinho, rubbishing it as anything but harsh. The Englishman also revealed that the Special One’s criticisms are way too mellow to the obes he gets from his dad, Frank Lampard Sr.
“With Jose we would have texts from time to time,” Lampard said.
“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.”
While Mourinho has had a major influence on Lampard, it is Harry Redknapp who paved the way for him to return to Chelsea as manager.
He continued: “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].”
“No that’s more my Dad. Harry comes with things and they are messages or chat but my dad, as though my playing days, he is my biggest critic.”
“You would score a hat-trick and he would have a go at you for the one you missed and maybe he’s pretty similar, probably slowed down a little bit.”
“But sometimes my dad I feel is a bit of the old school and we clash sometimes but I don’t mind listening to it as it’s important to have your ears opened even if it’s my dad who is saying ‘why didn’t you go 4-4-2 and stick it long for the last 10 minutes?’”
“You go ‘we are trying to play here dad. We are trying to play from the goalkeeper sometimes rather than going long’. But it can trigger a little something in your mind that maybe there is another angle to this.”
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