Mourinho helped extend the careers of Claude Makelele and Javier Zanetti at the top level in this way and believes it is the key to preserving Lampard.
"The role doesn’t have to change," said the Chelsea manager. "What has to change is the way we analyse competition. Before we didn’t analyse, before it was, 'Every match, he plays'. Sometimes I wanted to give him a rest in a Carling Cup match and he’d say, 'If you give me a rest, in the next match I will not be the same because I have to play every three days'.
"We have just to make some choices. I believe he is the same player and the only difference is he is 35. The time needed to recover from match to match is not the same for a man of 25 as a man of 35. I cannot coach Lampard at 35 the same way I coached Lampard at 27."