Mourinho’s reputation has lost some of its lustre since then.┬áLampard, who recently signed a new one-year contract after becoming Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer, remains a big admirer of Mourinho. “It’s a presence and an aura and a way with people,” he told TalkSPORT.

“He galvanises people. His own self-confidence reflects back on his teams. He did that to me personally. Tactically he’s fantastic. He’s very astute. As a team he sets you up brilliantly.

“He might rub people up the wrong way. But as a manager, he’s brilliant with his team tactically, he’s brilliant with individuals and I think he's brilliant with the press. I know it creates a storm but he does protect his players.”