Lambert: No problem with Mourinho

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has denied he has any ill-feeling towards his Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho, Sky Sports has reported.

The teams meet on Saturday evening at Villa Park and the first game between the sides earlier this season saw a touchline bust-up between the pair. The spat originated when Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic escaped a red card despite appearing to elbow Villa striker Christian Benteke.

“There was nothing in that at all,” Lambert said of the incident when asked at his pre-match Press conference. “We had a laugh and a joke about it afterwards. It was nothing serious. There was nothing in that, people made a lot of it in the way they portrayed it. We had a laugh and a joke as you normally do in football.

“Nobody is there to be Mr Nice but it never transferred into any heated thing. I saw him after the game and it was totally fine. I’m pretty sure it will be the same this time. I had a drink with Jose after the match. There was never any (issue). I think people tried to make something out of it that was never there.”

The game finished 2-1 to Chelsea with Ivanovic scoring the winning goal after Benteke had equalised Antonio Luna’s early own goal.

Chelsea are currently seven points clear of Liverpool at the top of the table while Villa go into the fixture in 11th place, six points clear of the bottom three.

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