José Mourinho, whose Spurs team faces Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday, said he had experienced similar pressure while managing title-winning teams at Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.
“When you are the favorite, you know why,” Mourinho said Friday. “You have to accept that and you have to deal with that kind of pressure and responsibility.
“I was in clubs that were, let’s say, market champions because of their powerful investments. I had to deal with that pressure. So now it’s not up to me to deal with that pressure, it’s up to others. “
Lampard, who won two Premier League titles and an FA Cup when he played for Chelsea with Mourinho between 2004 and 2007, played down suggestions of a rift between him and his former manager.
“We have always had a good relationship,” Lampard said.
“When we are coaches of big clubs that are rivals, the relationship changes. Not in a bad way, I don’t have a problem with him. “