Lampard hails Mourinho and his desire to see Chelsea win
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard believes Jose Mourinho’s outburst after losing the UEFA Super Cup final to Bayern Munich is a good thing since it shows that the manager still “hates losing”. Lampard believes Mourinho’s hunger to win will boost Chelsea’s chances to acquire silverware.
After drawing 2-2 to Bayern Munich and losing out 5-4 on a penalty shoot-out, Mourinho insisted the “best team lost” in the night. Mourinho claims Chelsea were the better side throughout the game. The former Real Madrid manager also admitted that he made a tactical mistake by placing John Terry on the pitch later in the game.
Lampard defended Mourinho and insisted that the Portuguese tactician was doing a brilliant job with Chelsea. Lampard claims Chelsea are doing well in the league and are expected to do well in the Champions League as well.
“I always want a manager who hates losing and I think he appreciates having players who have the same attitude,” Lampard told the Sun. “We are all in the same boat on that one.
“The good thing about Jose Mourinho is that you always know the identity of his team wherever he goes. They all hate losing and want to win every game. He wants to play good football and winning football.
“He imprints that attitude on his players very quickly and he's doing that on us now he's back at Chelsea. There were a lot of decisions that went against us on Friday and it's hard to take in the heat of a game. Emotions always run high when you're as determined to win things as we are.”
Lampard sees Mourinho grabbing more success than he did during his first spell at Chelsea. The Blues midfield legend believes Mourinho has grown more dominant and prudent tactically.
“I've worked with him before and the training with Jose is always fantastic,” Lampard added. “He puts a lot of focus on tactics, which is an area of the game which can be boring, but he makes them enjoyable and match-oriented.
“He's the same man as we had here before, but with more experience, so he's a pleasure for the players to work with. He pushes you all the time with his training, his leadership and his talks in the dressing room. A lot of players speak highly of the manager in that regard.”