Frank Lampard suggested that he sees Tottenham as contenders for the league title this season after Jose Mourinho claimed that his side are not one of the ‘horses’ in the race.
Tottenham currently sit at the top of the league table with ten games played so far, overtaking Liverpool on goal difference with the point they earned against Chelsea.
Their last two matches against Manchester City and Chelsea were billed as an acid test of Tottenham’s title credentials and it is fair to say that they have passed.
While Mourinho’s men have not played expansive football, they did not concede a single goal in either game and managed to take four points against two teams who could be considered direct rivals in the title race.
When it was put to Lampard that Mourinho did not see Tottenham as contenders, the Chelsea boss claimed that any team with Spurs’ defensive organisation and their attacking talent upfront are in the race.
He said after Chelsea’s 0-0 draw against Spurs (via Football.London): “It’s Jose’s call to say how he sees it from his side.
“They’re top of the league and if you’ve got Harry Kane and Son in your team, and you keep clean sheets with their organisation, they’ve spent on bringing Gareth Bale in and he was on the bench. Dele Alli wasn’t even here. I think we’re all contenders.”
Lampard also admitted that the game at Stamford Bridge took the pattern he expected and he praised his players for keeping Harry Kane and Son Heung-min quiet.
When asked about the Blues’ performance, Lampard said: “They were how I expected because I saw the Man City game last week.
“You know the manager and the attributes of the players for counter-attacking, Son in particular and Harry Kane can pretty much do anything at the moment.
“I knew we’d have a lot of possession which we did and I wanted to put them under pressure from out wide which at times we did. I’m pleased we didn’t really give them a sniff but disappointed that we couldn’t get through.”
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Mourinho has a habit of playing down his side’s title hopes publicly in order to not put pressure on his players. However, his communication with the squad will be completely different internally. He will be telling the players that they are good enough to win the title. It is clear from the various interviews that some members of the squad have given over the last month or so that the players believe they can go all the way this season.
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