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Frank Lampard insists the relationship between him and Jose Mourinho has always been cordial but accepts their roles as managers of two of England’s biggest clubs has changed the dynamic between them.
Lampard enjoyed some of the greatest success of his illustrious career during Mourinho’s first spell as Chelsea manager, with the duo collecting two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups in just over three seasons together.
The current Chelsea boss ended his 13-year playing career at Stamford Bridge in 2014 – one year after Mourinho returned to the club for a second spell in charge – and they will meet again when Tottenham travel to Chelsea on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.
Both teams have enjoyed impressive starts to the season, with Spurs two points above Chelsea in the Premier League table, and Lampard accepts that managing clubs with such a strong historic and competitive rivalry has affected his relationship with his former boss.
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Image:Lampard and Mourinho won five major trophies together during the Portuguese’s first spell as manager at Stamford Bridge
He said: “I left Chelsea in 2014 and my life went in different directions, and when you are a professional generally you are so consumed and busy in your life that the relationship changes.