Mourinho is arguably the greatest manager in Chelsea's history, leading them to three Premier League titles over two different spells with Lampard blossoming into one of the best players in the world under his tutelage.
Lampard has now returned back to Stamford Bridge as manager, leading the club to a fourth-place finish last season while he looks to challenge for trophies this time around. The heavy investment on players over the summer has put pressure on Lampard to perform, though Mourinho believes that it is nothing compared to the expectations placed on his head.
“What I felt is that when I was in these clubs, there was huge pressure on me and now there is not huge pressure on the coaches of these teams. Put a little bit of pressure on them and leave us in peace, doing our job," he said in a press conference.
When you are favourites, you know why you are favourites. And you have to accept that and you have to deal with that kind of pressure and responsibility. I was at clubs which were, let’s say, champions in the market because of their powerful investments. I had to deal with that pressure. So now it’s not for me to deal with that pressure. It’s for others to deal with that pressure. That’s not for us.”
Mourinho will look to get one over his former charge when his side visit Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Sunday, 29 November.