Lampard sends message to Mourinho ahead of their clash

The Blues manager Frank Lampard has sent a message to Jose Mourinho ahead of the clash between Tottenham and Chelsea in the Premier League.Mourinho managed Chelsea and Lampard during his first spell at Chelsea and he would be desperate to record against his former team and against Lampard who was his former player.Mourinho took over Spurs when Chelsea was 12 points ahead of the fellow London club, but a good run of form has helped Spurs reduce the gap to three points difference and Mourinho is keen on grabbing the three points.Lampard believes that he and his former boss will have extra motivation ahead of the London derby on Sunday.Asked what it will be like facing his old coach, Lampard told BBC’s Football Focus: ‘I think it will be special. I think it will make a difference to me, I think it will make a difference to him. ‘We’re both professionals, we’re driven, and sometimes when you come across someone you worked with or a club that you worked with, it pushes you on that little bit more in the best possible way.

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‘And it’s Tottenham-Chelsea, that game has enough anyway. And then you have Jose Mourinho there. And he’s going to be desperate to beat us, let’s make no bones.’ Asked if it would mean more to beat Mourinho, Lampard added: ‘In my professional head, yes. I want to go up against the best.‘When I’ve gone up against Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp this season, of course, you want to say, “Can I show against these incredible managers what I can do, what my team can do?” So it will be a similar feeling.’ Mourinho has won four of his five Premier League matches in charge of Spurs and Lampard says they are right back in the conversation to finish in the top four. Asked if he was surprised when Mourinho took over at Tottenham, Lampard said: ‘Yes and no. I mean, this is football. He’s a man for a big club. I think it’s massively interesting for the Premier league‘I think his personality – and his record – is something that needs to be in top-level football. So having Jose back is obviously going to mix it right up in the Premier League. ‘We know the record that Jose has as a winning manager, he’s won wherever he’s been. He’s come into a club, and a squad, that was probably tipped to be somewhere in the title race at the beginning of the season. ‘They had a difficult start, but they still have those players. So with the freshness of Jose Mourinho, of course, they’re going to be challengers for sure for the top four.’Lampard who won two Premier League titles under Mourinho.

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