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Chelsea boss: Some Real Madrid players could learn from Lampard and Terry

Jose Mourinho has criticised the lack of professionalism shown by some of his former players at Real Madrid and used Lampard and Terry as shining examples.

According the Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that some of his former players in Madrid lacked professionalism.

The Portuguese boss is never shy to say what he has on his mind, and he was constantly at loggerheads with the Spanish media and other sectors of Real Madrid during his three-year stint in Spain.

Throughout his final year at the Bernabeu, Mourinho’s future and reported in-fighting between staff and players - such as Iker Casillas’ exclusion and Sergio Ramos’ sulking attitude - dominated a disappointing campaign.

Now, both parties seem to be better off and respectively enjoying promising campaigns. However, Mourinho couldn’t help but criticise the surprising lack of professionalism and ultimate desire to succeed to Madrid, saying:

“Many times at Real Madrid, the players would form a line in front of the mirror before the game whilst the referee was waiting in the tunnel.”

Mourinho would suggest that public image and fame were more important to some of his former players and that they weren’t willing to get dirty and work hard in order to succeed.

Current Chelsea players such as John Terry and Frank Lampard on the other hand received unambiguous praise from the Portuguese boss. The two Chelsea idols have won the lot at Stamford Bridge, and despite not being the best players in the world, they have grafted their way to the top.

Jose Mourinho believes his current experienced duo are what young players should aspire to be like, where winning comes before anything else:

“We are working to guide the youngsters as best as possible and they should follow examples of true footballers such as Terry and Lampard, players who are fanatical about winning.”

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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