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Five of the feistiest: Premier League managers (1)

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In the aftermath of last night's highly-charged Premier League encounter between Chelsea and Aston Villa, Jose Mourinho said that his opposite number Paul Lambert reminded him of himself 10 years ago.

The 44-year-old's feisty demeanour and constant remonstrations with the fourth official on the Stamford Bridge touchline during Wednesday's 2-1 defeat, can be justified by the fact that the visitors had a number of decisions that went against them, and had a major impact on the eventual outcome of the tightly-contested game.

Lambert's frustration towards referee Kevin Friend, after his failure to dismiss Branislav Ivanovic following a second-half elbow on Villa striker Christian Benteke, was compounded less than a minute later, when the Serbian defender rose to head home the winner, converting a Frank Lampard free-kick in the 72nd minute.

To make matters worse, Villa were denied a 93rd minute penalty after Gabby Agbonlahor's header struck the hand of Chelsea captain John Terry in the box. The incident was seen by everyone in the ground, apart from the man in the middle.

A spirited performance from both sides on the pitch set the tone for the evening, with Lambert and Mourinho providing an interesting sideshow, as they were involved in a number of confrontations in the technical area.

"Paul has a certain type of personality and behaviour on the pitch," the Chelsea boss reflected in his post-match press conference.

"He reminds me of myself 10 years ago when I was complaining about every decision when I want to coach my team and at the same time I want to have a whistle on my lip. He is the same.

"He will change. With time and experience he will change because he complains about every decision. But he is a young manager. Very intelligent. He adapts his style to the quality of his players. He's good, I wish him well and I like him."

When informed about Mourinho's post-match comments, Lambert responded in a positive manner, but was quick to point out that the 'reformed' Portuguese tactician isn't exactly a shy and retiring character either.

"He's a brilliant football manager," said the Villa boss. "He's done it in every country he's been in. It's probably a massive compliment.

"[But] Jose doesn't stand there like a shrinking violet, let me tell you. If in six years time I'd be like him, I'd be happy."

In light of the pair's touchline tantrums, here's a list of the five feistiest managers in the Premier League. Click through the tabs - above or below - and feel free to add any contenders of your own in the comment box provided.

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