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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted he loves the way Mauricio Pochettino has turned the Tottenham squad, packed with home-grown players, into contenders in the Premier League and Champions League finalists last season.
Pochettino achieved all these without signing a player for two transfer windows — the length of the ban FIFA imposed on the Blues.
Lampard said: “Yeah, they had their own ban — self-imposed! I love Pochettino as a manager.
“They have great young talent. The Harry Kanes… which the manager has developed. It’s great to see managers working like that.
“I have Tottenham fans as friends. Or in every cab I get in! And you can see they are happy with the way that their team are working.”
Lampard added: “I think what Pochettino has done is he’s remained competitive and taken Tottenham to new heights.
“He’s brought them up towards that level with some younger players and the relationship, the rapport he has with fans is something I look upon as a manager and say what a fantastic job he’s done.
“I think we probably are in a position now, with the ban, where we have to look slightly differently at it, especially with the good young players that we’ve got.
“That’s not me shying away from wanting to be competitive. But I want to show the fans in the way we play and in the feeling for the club because I think fans respect that. And we’ll try to be successful.”