Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has responded to Jose Mourinho’s comments claiming Tottenham Hotspur will not be as competitive as he would like on Tuesday against Chelsea due to fixture congestion.
Spurs compete in the Europa League on Thursday after playing Chelsea on Tuesday before returning to Premier League action at the weekend.
According to Mourinho, he will focus on Tottenham’s Europa League game on Thursday.
Asked about Mourinho’s comments, Lampard replied: “Yeah, I mean, I know that, and I know Jose it’s a busy time for Tottenham because of the Europa League. It’s a busy time for us all. They had a free mid-week last week, we didn’t.
“I know they have a busy week this week. But when I analyse Tottenham and know the squad they have, and analyse what might be a team that maybe didn’t play 90 minutes pretty much yesterday.
“They have a fantastic squad, so I feel that any squad Jose will put out can be very strong.
“I think we all know that the Carabao Cup, for teams like ourselves and Tottenham – who are challenging for the top four and Champions League, like we are – then the Carabao Cup does have its place and we certainly respect it and every tournament we go in we’ll try and win.”