Mourinho defends Chelsea ‘naivety’ and dismisses suggestion posed by journalist

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Ahead of the big London derby between Tottenham and Chelsea on Sunday, Jose Mourinho has refused to underestimate Frank Lampard’s young side and has dismissed suggestions that the squad is still naive.

Chelsea started the season in terrific form with some people even talking about them as potential title challengers. However, they have gone off the boil considerably in recent games, falling to four defeats in their last five Premier League matches.

Tottenham, meanwhile, have registered four wins in their last five since Jose Mourinho arrived at the club and have thus made up nine points on their London rivals in a month. A win on Sunday will see Spurs leapfrog Chelsea to the fourth spot in the Premier League table.

When asked ahead of the game if Chelsea’s poor form of late was a sign of their naivety given the young players they have, the Tottenham head coach told Sky Sports, “To call Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta naive is hard.

“To say they have a couple of young players without experience is the same thing I say about players like Troy Parrott, or Scott McTominay or Marcus Rashford.

“There is always a beginning [for a player]. And I think [the Chelsea players] they are doing very well.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Chelsea do have enough experience in their ranks to handle big games like the one on Sunday. I think while they have an advantage in the midfield battle with the likes of Jorginho, Kante and Kovacic in there. Hopefully, we can be more decisive than them in the final third and take our chances.

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