According to Jose Mourinho, Frank Lampard’s dismissal at Chelsea shows the brutality of modern football management.

Club legend Lampard was relieved of his duties after just 18 months after a win in five Premier League games left the Blues 11 points behind leaders Manchester United.

Lampard won three Premier League titles with Chelsea playing under Mourinho, who expressed his sadness over the news before admitting it is a reality managers always fear.

“I’m always sad when a colleague loses his job,” said Mourinho. “Frank’s not just a colleague, he’s an important person in my career. I’m sorry he did it (to be fired).”

“But it’s the brutality of football, especially modern football. When you become a manager you know that sooner or later it will happen to you.”

Late Spurs Relief in Wycombe

Harry Winks has scored two goals in his last nine games for Tottenham in all competitions, as many as in his first 151 appearances for the club

Mourinho’s comments came after Spurs weathered a scare at Wycombe to book an FA Cup fifth-round draw at Everton.

Spurs appeared to be led into overtime by the championship fighters as they missed a number of opportunities to finish the game after Gareth Bale’s goal canceled Fred Onyedinma’s surprise opening game for Wycombe.

Even the introduction of Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son couldn’t do the trick for the last five minutes, when a hit from Harry Winks and a quick double from Tanguy sent Ndombele Mourinho’s men through.

The late goals were a welcome relief for Mourinho, whose side are back in the Premier League on Thursday, when champions Liverpool visit north London.

There were just 72 seconds between Harry Winks, who gave Tottenham the lead, and Tanguy Ndombele, who made it 3-1

“I knew the game was going to be difficult. We prepared for the game by showing the players what they did at White Hart Lane a few years ago,” Mourinho said, referring to the tie in the fourth Round 2017, which Spurs won 4-4. 3 upon death.

“Six of those players and the manager are still on this team. I think that was a good start and then we prepared for the game because we knew it could be difficult and it was. It’s not easy to deal with their style of play. “

“If you don’t score, they’ll stay in the game and it was great for us to score in the 85th minute as it gave us the opportunity not to play extra time, which wouldn’t have been good for us.”

Jose was impressed with Bale and Winks

Gareth Bale


Jose Mourinho was happy that Tottenham’s striker Gareth Bale played a full role in the FA Cup win at Wycombe

The game would have been a different story if Bale had been more clinical in front of goal as he would have missed several opportunities to add more goals to his record.

Still, it was a remarkable night for the Welsh international as he completed the first 90 minutes of his second term at the club on his first appearance since December 23.

“It was good, it was good,” said Mourinho. “A good move. Somebody against you, hit people, attack people, create opportunities. Scoring a goal of course.

9 – Gareth Bale has been involved in nine goals (4 goals, 5 assists) in his last six FA Cup starts. This was his first hit in the competition since January 2013 against Coventry. Rescue. #WYCTOT

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“Apart from that, I never felt that he couldn’t play the 90 minutes. I never felt that I had to change him, and that’s good. Of course, the championship is a good, competitive level and the aggression is high and the intensity is good so I’m happy.

“We had some good performances from the guys who started the game. Of course, Wink’s man of the game, which is well deserved because I thought he was very, very good at everything he did except for the goal .

“The goal is just a very small important detail but (I’m) happy because I think the team’s attitude has been very professional and it’s the kind of game that we lose even if we lose because we do take no chances and hit them in goal. ” Let’s say I wasn’t sad in the last few minutes because of the very professional performance. “