Jose Mourinho Speaks Out About The "Brats" Of Modern Football

Why can't everyone just be more like Frank Lampard?

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Never one to shy away from a strong quote or two, Jose Mourinho has lamented the "brats" of modern football, stating that they lack the maturity that players like Frank Lampard possessed at the same age.

Speaking to France Football, translated by Get French Football, the former Chelsea manager discussed the challenges of dealing with modern players compared to previous generations.

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"I had to adapt to a new world. To what young players are now."

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"I had to understand the difference between working with a boy like Frank Lampard, who, at the age of 23 was already a man, who thought football, work, professionalism, and the new boys who at the age of 23 are kids."

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"Today I call them 'boys' not 'men'. Because I think that they are brats and that everything that surrounds them does not help them in their life nor in my work.

"I had to adjust to all that. 10 years ago, no player had a mobile phone in the dressing room. That is no longer the case.

"But you have to go with it, because if you fight that, you are bringing about conflict and you put yourself in the stone age."

Having gone from old school stalwarts like John Terry and Frank Lampard during his tenure at Chelsea, Mourinho now has come to terms with the likes of Paul Pogba and his dabbing; as well as the omnipresent threat of players making idiots out of themselves on social media.

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"I admit that having a son and a daughter at that sort of age has helped me to understand the way they function and what the world is today.

"I measured, from a methodological point of view, the nature of change. I worked as a result with my assistants to better, modify and adapt our work.

"Technology has given us new tools. Modernity and science too. But the key to everything, in terms of the leadership aspect, is to understand the people that you are working with today."

No paranoia? No conspiracies? Is everything ok, Jose?