Frank Lampard has revealed what Jose Mourinho said to him moments before Derby beat Manchester United on penalties in the Carabao Cup.
The Rams boss masterminded a 8-7 shoot-out win over his former manager at Chelsea, after the Red Devils were held to a 2-2 draw in regulation time at Old Trafford.
Before the first penalty was taken, Mourinho was seen approaching Lampard on the touchline, putting his arm around him, and having a quick conversation.
Lampard has opened up on the chat he shared with Mourinho after the contest, explaining how his mentor praised his side’s efforts on the night.
“He said what a great performance it was from the team. I appreciate that because it’s not easy in defeat in that last moment,” revealed Lampard.
“I think he actually said that before the penalties, but I appreciate it.
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“Jose was very welcoming as a whole. We obviously know each other, and he came and spoke to me before, we spoke during and afterwards. It was an honour for me to go up against him.”
Lampard was delighted with the effort shown by his players, and heaped praise on their peformance.
“I think I need time [to take it all in],” said Lampard. “It was special – a special performance.
“To come to Manchester United and not to just nick one, but I think to play the way we played, doing all the things we have been working towards in a short space of time.
“To do it on this stage against this team full of top players with our squad which has some younger boys in it as well – the players were immense. What a night for the club to come here and do that.”