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Upon the appointment of Jose Mourinho as Tottenham manager, the Portuguese had guided Spurs to close a gap of 12 points between Chelsea and Tottenham to just 6 points.
Mourinho had revealed that he was keen on chasing Chelsea in fourth place.
“We play Chelsea at the end of December, if the game was tomorrow, we would play them with six points difference, it would be a fantastic situation to play them,” Mourinho said after Tottenham beat Bournemouth 3-2 on Saturday.
“But we play them in the end of December. We have to keep close, as close as possible. But we have a lot to work and a lot to improve.”
However, the gap has now increased to 9 points after Chelsea beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Wednesday night and Spurs were beaten 2-1 by Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Frank Lampard could not resist a cheeky laugh when told by reporters that Manchester United had beaten Jose Mourinho’sTottenham .
After being asked by a Chelsea TV reporter if he saw Tottenham’s loss, the ex-Derby coach broke out a huge cheeky grin and replied: “I did see that, yeah.”
Mourinho criticised Lampard at the start of the season for playing youngsters in the 4-0 defeat to Manchester United, but the Blues have since improved under the Chelsea manager.
Lampard has also assured that he’d never manage Tottenham – a promise Mourinho failed to keep.
When asked if he would ever take the reins at Spurs, he said: “I can firmly say no. And you can replay that it ten years, or whenever you want! No, it wouldn’t happen.
“But I think things are different. Jose Mourinho has worked for a lot of football clubs and you have to respect his right to work.
“On the other hand i was here for 13 years as a player, have an absolute deep feeling for the club, and I obviously went to Manchester City for a year at the end of my career.
“But Chelsea is certainly very close to my heart. Hence why I’m so proud to manage this club.
“And hence why I wouldn’t manage Tottenham, and that’s no disrespect to Tottenham.”