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Mourinho Hails Lampard

Jose Mourinho admits Frank Lampard’s role in the Chelsea team has changed since his first stint as manager of Chelsea.

Still, Mourinho, has praised the abilities of Lampard who he feels is relishing in the role of a mature midfield player.

Lampard has had a distinguished career both at club and international level with England, and Mourinho feels he has adapted to how football has changed through his long playing career.

“I don't think he (Lampard) or anybody can play the same football, the same characteristics of his football, when you are 20 to when you are 35.

“You have to play differently, adapt to a new situation, which he is doing very well.

“It's good for me. In my first period here we were playing with three midfielders, and one in front of the defensive line giving the two number eights the freedom to move forward.

“Now we are playing with two midfielders and a number 10. The two midfielders are more positional. They don't need to go forward as much because we have four attacking players permanently.

“This is good for Frank in his new life as a more mature player. He is in a stable moment in his career and can keep this stability for quite a time.

“His game and qualities are very adapted to Chelsea and the national team.

“They also play with two midfielders and one behind a striker, so he's more of a positional player. It's easy for him.”

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