Frank Lampard vs Jose Mourinho: Chelsea’s match with Tottenham is challenger against champion just like Tyson

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Wilder and Fury will get it on again but there’s another challenger vs champion contest happening in the UK

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Wilder and Fury will get it on again but there’s another challenger vs champion contest happening in the UK

At home there’s a slightly smaller but definitely significant face-off as Chelsea play host to Premier League rivals Tottenham earlier on Saturday.


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Just one point separates fourth-placed Chelsea from fifth-placed Spurs, with both of them vying for a place in next season’s Champions League.

The match is very much a case of apprentice vs master with Blues boss Frank Lampard taking on Jose Mourinho, who coached him when he was a player at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard came out on top when the pair last went against each other

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Lampard came out on top when the pair last went against each other

Lampard was victorious last time they met with Chelsea running out 2-0 winners at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium back in December.

Mourinho is without doubt the more established manager, however, having enjoyed huge success in his near 20-year career.

Meanwhile, Lampard only started his managerial career in May 2018 when he was appointed Derby boss before getting the Chelsea gig the following summer.

The ‘Special One’ had to earn his stripes with Benfica, Uniao de Leiria, and Porto, and this got us thinking about the beginning of Lampard and Mourinho’s managerial careers.

talkSPORT.com has compared Lampard’s managerial career so far with the early parts of Mourinho’s career in Portugal.

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How it all started…

Mourinho somewhat fell into coaching having come onto the scene as Bobby Robson’s translator when the ex-England boss was at Sporting Lisbon before being promoted to a role as assistant at Sporting and following him to Porto and Barcelona.

He stayed at Barca when Louis van Gaal succeeded Robson before getting the job as Benfica boss in September 2000, having previously worked as Jupp Heynckes’ assistant.

Mourinho was only in charge of Benfica for ten games as a dispute with then-president Manuel Vilarinho regarding a new contract led to his sudden departure in December of the same year.

He got a new job with Uniao de Leiria in July 2001 and made a decent start, taking Leiria up to fourth in the league and one point ahead of Porto, who then hired him as their manager. This begun their journey to league, Taca de Portugal and UEFA Cup glory in 2003.

Jose Mourinho during his tenure at Porto

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Jose Mourinho during his tenure at Porto

In roughly the same amount of time, Lampard has been at two clubs but there’s been a lot less movement on his part.

Derby took the plunge with Lampard, who signed a three-year deal in May 2018. The Rams wanted promotion to the Premier League and Lampard almost got it for them but they were beaten by Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final.

Lampard then got his dream job of managing Chelsea and started well, having had to cope with a transfer ban as well as the departure of star player Eden Hazard in his first summer. Although recent results haven’t been as good.

Lampard has no trophies in his managerial career as of yet but Chelsea are still in the Champions League and FA Cup this season and are fourth in the top flight at the moment.

Lampard has done well with what he’s had at Chelsea this season

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Lampard has done well with what he’s had at Chelsea this season

Tactics

You wouldn’t normally associate a Mourinho side with attacking football but he played an attacking 4-3-3 formation in six of his ten matches in charge of Benfica. A 4-2-3-1 system was also used which is more Mourinho-like.

His final game in charge was a 3-0 win over rivals Sporting in which the likes of Carlos Marchena, Fernando Meira, Maniche and Pierre van Hooijdonk played.

How Benfica looked…

How Benfica lined up in Mourinho’s final game in charge

How Benfica lined up in Mourinho’s final game in charge

Mourinho stoicism was clear at Uniao de Leiria too as he made them a hard team to beat towards the end of his tenure, guiding them to an eight-game unbeaten run in the league before he was snapped up by Porto. He took them from fifth to third at the end of the 2001/02 campaign.

As he did with Benfica, Mourinho went with a 4-2-3-1 system in the early days at Porto, with a number of talented players in his ranks including Deco, Ricardo Carvalho and Costinha.

How Porto looked…

Porto’s starting XI in the 2003 UEFA Cup final

Porto’s starting XI in the 2003 UEFA Cup final

Lampard began with a 4-1-4-1 system at Derby but reverted to a 4-2-3-1 with the likes of Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, who have since featured for Chelsea’s first-team many times this season, playing key roles in the season for the Rams.

How Derby looked…

How Derby lined up in Lampard’s final game in charge

How Derby lined up in Lampard’s final game in charge

Lampard has gone for a more adventurous 4-3-3 system at Chelsea, although they have reverted to three at the back on occasions including during the win against Spurs.

How Chelsea looked…

How Lampard’s Chelsea lined up in their last match – a Premier League defeat at home to Manchester United

How Lampard’s Chelsea lined up in their last match – a Premier League defeat at home to Manchester United

Transfers

Mourinho didn’t actually buy any players during his spell with Benfica, while with Uniao de Leiria he only signed one player, Maciel, and still performed miracles in central Portugal.

He was immediately busy with Porto, though, signing 11 players in the summer with some very notable additions.

He raided his former clubs for Maniche, Derlei,  Nuno Valente, and Tiago, while he also picked up future superstar Paulo Ferreira, and familiar names such as Nuno Espirito Santo and Akos Buzsaky.

The results were evident with his smart work in the marketplace.

Jose Mourinho speaks with Paulo Ferreira

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Jose Mourinho speaks with Paulo Ferreira

Lampard, meanwhile, made four permanent signings, with Martyn Waghorn a decent enough acquisition, Jack Marriott didn’t quite get the goals expected of him, while Florian Jozefzoon also failed to live up to expectations.

Duane Holmes, though, has impressed and has the potential to go on to bigger things.

At Chelsea, Christian Pulisic was already scheduled to come in, while Matteo Kovacic had his loan deal made permanent.

He is, though, set to make his first signing in the summer with Hakim Ziyech joining from Ajax.

Mourinho certainly did better with his batch of player but Lampard may be onto a winner with Ziyech who has excelled in Amsterdam.

Marriott scored in the Play-Off final for Derby

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Marriott scored in the Play-Off final for Derby

Results

For Mourinho, his earlier results were decent enough at Benfica and at Uniao de Leiria he managed draws with Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, and Porto, before being picked up at the latter.

At Porto he quickly improved their poor form and grabbed a good win over former club Benfica and sent them on an excellent run which helped them qualify for the UEFA Cup, which he would win in 2002/03.

It’s been a case of ups and downs for Lampard both at Derby and Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho’s second season at Porto was in 2003/04 - click the right arrow to see Mourinho's other second seasons assessed

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Mourinho joined Porto as manager in January 2002 and would win the UEFA Cup a season and a half later

His Rams side may have made the play-offs but during the season his team were thumped twice by Aston Villa, with an aggregate score of 7-0, while defeats to Rotherham and Bolton were disappointing.

They did do a double over West Brom and beat Norwich in a 4-3 thriller, though. And their play-off semi-final second leg win over Leeds was impressive given the circumstances.

There should also be a special mention for the League Cup win over Manchester United at Old Trafford, although with Chelsea he has since been beaten twice by them.

So, Mourinho had far the better record, but Lampard has shown sporadically he can do the business.

Lampard impressed at Derby in his first season as a manager

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Lampard impressed at Derby in his first season as a manager

Future

The clash on Saturday represents a big crossroads for both managers.

Mourinho has two key forwards now out for the long-term with a top four battle on his hands and while a win would put them in pole position over Chelsea, a defat would be a considerable blow and could send Spurs spiralling down the table given their current form not quite representing their displays.

Lampard faces a similar situation, defeat would be another blow with fans already starting to question his tenure and his ability, despite the initial leeway he was given.

A victory would do a lot for not only Chelsea but Lampard’s confidence too after a tricky spell and possibly propel them to a spot in the Champions League.

And if they can make it there and Spurs fail we could very well see the apprentice overtake and outlast his mentor he might find himself quickly in hot water in north London with Daniel Levy.

It’s a tasty battle and one which could have huge ramifications for both Lampard and Mourinho.


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