Frank Lampard and Jose Mourinho will lock horns for the fifth time as managers during Sunday’s huge clash between Chelsea and Tottenham.
After learning his trade under Mourinho during his time as a player at Stamford Bridge, Lampard has managed to get the better of his former boss in three of the four matches between the pair so far.
And it is fair to say the dynamic between the two has changed somewhat from when they worked together all those years ago.
Things started off amicably enough when Lampard’s Derby County shocked Mourinho’s Manchester United with a penalty shoot-out win in the Carabao Cup third round in 2018.
Soon after the game Lampard was inducted into the Legends of Football Hall of Fame, and was sent a video message by Mourinho.
In it, the Portuguese said: “Obviously, it’s time for you Frank to think about your next career. As I told you at Old Trafford, only a manager with great potential can organise a team to play that way.
“I knew you were desperate to beat me. And you did. Though it was 2-2 after 90 minutes. You know what I feel for you. This award is more than deserved and it comes in the right moment.”
The respect was clearly mutual, with Lampard saying: “I was so honoured to be on the touchline with a man who affected my career so much.
“He was very welcome [in the dressing room] and very complimentary at the end about how the team play.”
However, since their respective managerial moves to bitter rivals Chelsea and Spurs the niceties appear to have ceased between the two men.
Following a 2-0 win for Chelsea at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last December, Lampard took umbrage with Mourinho’s sarcastic comments that Antonio Rudiger must have “broken his ribs” after he went down from a kick from Heung-min Son which saw the South Korean red carded.
Lampard was unhappy with the comments due to the fact Rudiger alleged he had received racist abuse during the game, and he snapped back at Mourinho: “With Toni, in this incident when he’s having to post after the game about something we know is a huge deal [racism], I think to question his integrity in that time is disappointing for sure.”
In their most recent encounter the pair also clashed on the sidelines, with Lampard appearing to accuse his former boss of talking too much.
After the game Lampard said: “I commented on the fact that he seemed to speak to the referee more than his players.”
Mourinho responded: “With Frank, my feelings towards him will always be how much I owe him for being the friend and professional he was.”
But he did add, somewhat patronisingly: “The only thing I was telling him, from an old coach to a young, talented coach, is when the players need us is when they are losing. When they are winning, we don’t need to be the protagonists.”
So will we see any more fireworks on Sunday?
The mind games have been ramped up again by Mourinho as he suggested Lampard should be under more pressure at Stamford Bridge considering the money the club spent in the summer.
“What I felt is that was when I was in these clubs, there was huge pressure on me and now there is not huge pressure on the coaches of these teams,” Mourinho said.
“Put a little bit of pressure on them and leave us in peace, doing our job.”
Lampard, however, appeared unaffected, replying: “We all have pressures as managers. Jose was here as a manager so he understands it. He went to Manchester United and would have understood the pressures there when you spend a lot of money. The pressures are huge.”
Strap yourselves in for more fireworks between the two on Sunday in this fascinating developing rivalry.