After Paul Lambert's negative comments about the FA Cup competition, Jose Mourinho seemed to have something in common with the 'special meaning' behind the competition.

Aston Villa's manager criticised the cup and stated that is was an unnecessary trophy for Premier League clubs before his side face Sheffield United in the weekend's third round fixture.

Mourinho claimed that the competition was rich with history and is one of his most proud achievements, telling reporters: "I was lucky to win lots of trophies but to win the FA Cup at Wembley and feel what it means was one of my high moments in my career."

The Portuguese manager later went on to say that he doesn't understand why any manager who wasn't competing in England wouldn't take the FA Cup seriously.

If Mourinho's side can win the competition then it's even more success for him and his side. It shows good managerial aspects as well as a well knit group of players who can sustain a constant high level of performance over an extended period of time.

The only negative side is that it can be a distraction to league performances. Often teams concentrate on winning a trophy and therefore suffer in their league campaigns. This is one worrying factor for Lambert, with his side sitting mid-table just just points above Crystal Palace in 18th.

The league is a tight one this year, with any number of teams showing enough quality to stay up. Perhaps Lambert is just worried about his squad's chances of surviving.

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