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Mourinho Admits Frank Lampard Will Have To Be Used More Sparingly at Chelsea: Nightly Soccer Report

frank lampard Mourinho Admits Frank Lampard Will Have To Be Used More Sparingly at Chelsea: Nightly Soccer Report

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that Frank Lampard will be used more sparingly in the upcoming season.

Lampard, 35, will continue to be a key influence for Chelsea in the 2013-14 season, but he won’t be playing as many games as he did during the 2012-13 season. Mourinho said:

“The role doesn’t have to change. What has to change is the way we analyze competition. Before we didn’t analyze. Before it was: ‘Every match, he plays.’ Sometimes I wanted to give him a rest in a League Cup match and he would say: ‘If you give me a rest, the next match I will not be the same because I have to play every three days.’

“In this moment we have just to analyze competition and make some choices, because I believe he is the same player, with the difference that he is 35 and the time [needed] to recover from match to match is not the same for a man of 35 to a man of 25. That’s the only point. Now we have to analyze the fixtures, analyze the matches, analyze the week we have and to make a few choices.

“Frank can’t play 60 matches like he did before, but the quality of the player and what he represents for the way I like to play football is exactly the same. He’s intelligent, he’s open, he has a very good relationship with me. He knows that I’m very experienced and he knows what I did, for example, with Makelele here in the last two years of Makelele [when the Frenchman played 87 times for the club as he approached his mid-30s]. He knows I know how to do it with players of his age, because at the end of the day we have to be just clever, because the player is the same.”

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2 Responses to Mourinho Admits Frank Lampard Will Have To Be Used More Sparingly at Chelsea: Nightly Soccer Report

  1. Frill Artist says:

    In other words, almost time for you to pack your bags and go.

  2. Rob Donnelly says:

    Total respect between these two, I expect Lamps to play on for another 3 or 4 years under Mourinho.

    Jose knows that he can count on Lampard for the big games and rest him when he knows he can get away with it.

    its almost impossible to replace 15 or 20 goals a season from midfield so it makes sense to look after him.

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