Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has hit back at the criticism of his former manager Jose Mourinho after his humbling Premier League debut in the dugout at Old Trafford.
Mourinho, Lampard’s former manager at Stamford Bridge, claimed Chelsea should have started with players who offered more experience and “know how” against Manchester United.
This comment was made in reference of of N’Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso and Olivier Giroud having to start on the bench for his Premier League opener with the Blues.
The Portuguese - speaking in his role as a pundit for Sky Sports - also suggested that Mount, the 19-year-old midfielder making his first competitive appearance for Chelsea, striker Tammy Abraham, 21, and defender Andreas Christensen, 23, did not offer enough for “a match of this dimension”.
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But Lampard has since refuted the claims of the three-time Premier League winner, who felt his side offered plenty of encouragment despite the one-side final score.
“He didn’t like the performance of Mason Mount? Did he say Mason Mount?” Lampard said after the game, as per The Daily Mail.
“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.
“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.
“We were clearly the better team for 45 or even 60 minutes, but we made individual errors that led to four goals from five shots. That's the harsh reality.”