Four things Spurs boss Jose Mourinho could learn from his Chelsea prodigy Frank Lampard

To many, Frank Lampard is seen as Jose Mourinho’s managerial apprentice, having played under him at Chelsea for a combined four years across two spells as manager.

During this time, the Blues won six trophies, with Lampard scoring 70 times in 215 matches under Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.

Saturday’s London derby will be the third meeting between the two managers in the last 18 months and it is Lampard who has triumphed on both occasions so far.

Therefore, perhaps there are some new tricks that the fresh faced Chelsea boss can teach the man 16 years his senior.

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Giving youth a chance

Mount is one of a number of players to have made a big impact from the youth team
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Over the course of his 20 years in management, Mourinho has earned a reputation as someone who is not overly open to giving youth a chance.

In two years in charge of Manchester United, the decorated manager handed Premier League debuts to just three teenagers – Diogo Dalot, Angel Gomes and Axel Tuanzebe.

Comments surrounding this perceived objection to using young players ultimately resulted in Moutinho declaring in a press conference whilst in charge at Old Trafford that he had “promoted 49 academy players” during his time as a manager, before beginning to read th names of those players from a list he had prepared in advance.

The legitimacy of these claims has been disputed since but Lampard’s willingness to use young players is not up for debate.

At Derby County last season, the English manager used five players aged under 21 on over 39 occasions and the likes of Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Fikayo Tomori have all played in excess of 20 times so far this campaign.

The unpredictability of these young players gave Chelsea an edge in the opening weeks of the season and has put them in pole position for a top four finish.

Avoiding meltdowns

Nice and calm as ever, Jose…
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