Lampard unimpressed with Mourinho’s comments after Chelsea’s victory over Tottenham

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard dismissed Jose Mourinho’s suggestion he copied Antonio Conte’s tactics to beat Tottenham on Sunday.

Lampard insisted his system is different to the one Conte played when he won the Premier League with Chelsea.

“No, it didn’t factor in at all,” Lampard said in response to Mourinho’s accusation he copied Conte’s tactics.

“I don’t know if I want to go through all the players, but I’m sure half of them weren’t here [in Conte’s time].

“I know [Fikayo] Tomori wasn’t, [Mason] Mount wasn’t, [Tammy] Abraham wasn’t, and I’m not trying to clone anyone’s system.

“I think Conte’s system was an incredible one that won the league at Chelsea, but the way I play it and the message I give is different.

“It’s not as simple as if you play 3-4-3 you’re cloning somebody else, otherwise you’d all be cloning each other.

“It was more a question of ‘Can this system help us defensively and offensively against Tottenham and the way they play?’

“It was my choice to play it, not to do with whether players understand it. Having said that, the players took the plan on incredibly well as we all saw.”

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