Frank Lampard has hit back at former Man Utd head-coach Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese has become a Sky Sports pundit and questioned the Blues manager’s team selection in Sunday’s clash against Man Utd.
Lampard named several youngsters with the likes of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount in the starting XI after returning to Chelsea following the loan spells.
The West London club suffered a 4-0 loss to United, though, and Mourinho – working as a pundit for Sky Sports – questioned Frank Lampard’s decision to bench N’Golo Kante and allow youngsters to play such an important game.
Kante entered as a second-half substitute while Willian was omitted altogether for the clash in the Red Devils game. Lampard, however, dismissed the criticism and took a dit at Mourinho claiming that he could not “drag people out of the medical room”.
“I don’t have to be too concerned about what anyone else says, the pundits, but what is clear is the squad is the squad we’ve got and I believe in it,” Lampard told reporters.
“I can’t drag people out of the medical room, whether they’re experienced or not. The players we played today, and on the bench, are the players we have. We were missing internationals and big players, but I don’t want that to be an excuse. We were competing for long periods.”
The Blues will now head to Istanbul for the UEFA Super Cup final against another their bitter Premier League rivals Liverpool on Wednesday night before facing Leicester City in the English top-tier on Saturday.