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Mourinho: Hurt me to criticise Lampard after Chelsea defeat

Jose Mourinho admits he didn't want to criticise Chelsea boss Frank Lampard after their opening day defeat at Manchester United.

Mourinho managed Lampard when he was a player in two spells at Chelsea - between 2004-2007 and 2013-2015 - and the duo shared a close relationship.

“Sometimes as a manager, you can feel about a pundit, 'This guy has an agenda. This guy wants to attack me. This guy wants to protect the other one'. I don't think they don't feel that [instinct]," he told The Telegraph.

"I think they are professional in every aspect. But what I felt when I was a pundit, they also feel.

“Saying, for example, that I felt Frank should be a little bit more pragmatic in his approach [against Manchester United]... it hurts me.

"It is difficult to separate the professionalism of their [punditry] work with the human feeling that they have.

"I cannot blame some guy being pro-Liverpool if it is in his blood. I cannot criticise a guy being a little anti-Jose if he is not in love with Jose. You cannot separate the pundit from the man."

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