Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard meet again as Tottenham and Chelsea face off in a Premier League London derby on Sunday.
Just a few weeks ago, it looked as though the top four was beyond Tottenham: now, a victory over Chelsea would see them leapfrog the Blues into the Champions League qualification places.
Mourinho’s return to Premier League football has seen Spurs close in on the top four, with Chelsea’s run of four defeats in their last five League matches cause for alarm at Stamford Bridge.
The Special One would dearly love a win against his former club, especially since the fans turned on him when he joined Manchester United. Lampard, meanwhile, needs a result – and beating his mentor on the road is exactly what he needs right now
Lampard’s Blues remain fourth in the table, but their poor recent run has shown up a few limitations in the squad – particularly in defence.
Mourinho is likely to target those ruthlessly, and Chelsea will need to be at their best to keep the likes of Harry Kane out.
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Hugo Lloris (elbow) and Michel Vorm (calf) remain out of action for Spurs. Tanguy Ndombele (groin), Erik Lamela (thigh) and Ben Davies (ankle) are all out as well, so Mourinho is unlikely to make huge changes.
As for Chelsea, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is still some way off match fitness, while Fikayo Tomori (hip) and Olivier Giroud (ankle) are doubts.
Tottenham have a poor Premier League record versus Chelsea, winning just seven of their 54 meetings. Chelsea boast 28 victories along with 19 draws.
Both sides won at home in the League last season, with Spurs collecting a 3-1 victory last November before losing 2-0 at the Bridge in February.
As for the managers, Mourinho and Lampard have already faced off once as coaches, with Lampard’s Derby stunning Mourinho’s Manchester United with a Carabo Cup penalty shootout win at Old Trafford in September 2018.
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