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ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
Sep 1, 2013

Lampard praises competitive Mourinho

Frank Lampard believes Jose Mourinho's outburst following the UEFA Super Cup final defeat to Bayern Munich proves he still "hates losing" -- something the midfielder feels is an asset to Chelsea.

Frank Lampard joined Chelsea from West Ham in 2001
Mourinho's competitive streak will benefit Chelsea, according to Lampard.

Mourinho lived up to his outspoken nature following the penalty shootout loss on Friday, insisting the "best team lost" and conceding he may have made a tactical mistake by throwing John Terry into the game late on.

Lampard has defended his manager, insisting the Portuguese's passion is what will drive Chelsea in their title chase this season.

"I always want a manager who hates losing and I think he appreciates having players who have the same attitude," he is quoted in 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 has also hailed Mourinho's tactical nous, claiming the 50-year-old is proving to be even more influential than during his first spell at Stamford Bridge.

"I've worked with him before and the training with Jose is always fantastic," he 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."

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