Lampard: Mourinho made me the player I am

The 35-year-old Chelsea midfielder believes the Portuguese coach helped him develop a winning mentality, and thinks the pair now have a great balance in their working relationship

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard heaped praise on Jose Mourinho for the impact the Portuguese manager has had on his illustrious career.

The 50-year-old coach is set to take charge of his first competitive Blues fixture since returning to Stamford Bridge after his 2007 departure when his side welcome newly-promoted Hull City on Sunday.

Lampard was a focal figure in Mourinho's first Chelsea team that produced a trophy-laden three years, including two Premier League triumphs.

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And the 35-year-old believes the pair have developed the perfect rapport in their professional relationship.

"The time he (Mourinho) came to the club before, he took my career a long way," Lampard said at the launch of his new book.

"It was more my mind-set rather than anything particularly tactical in football terms.

"I've always had a huge appreciation of that and, even when he wasn't at the club and has been away, we've stayed in touch.

"I wouldn't say (we're like) father-son because he has a very good way, as all the best managers do, of being quite familiar with you and helping you, but also remaining a manager.

"He's not a father figure too much, so you have to respect him. I think we've tried to find the right mix in our relationship and maybe we have done."