- Frank Lampard will square-up against former boss Jose Mourinho in the London Derby
- The Chelsea manager has admitted that Tottenham are having a very tight schedule
- Lampard, however, does not expect the lack of enough rest to affect Spurs
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has expressed sympathy for Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho whose side are engrossed in very tight match schedules due to their engagement in the Europa League.
Spurs who face Ludogorets Razgrad in the Europa League on Thursday, November 26, will have just two days to rest before their London Derby against Chelsea.
Although Lampard does not expect the lack of enough rest to affect his opponents as Chelsea also face French outfit Rennes in the Champions League on Wednesday, November 25.
Portuguese tactician Mourinho is upset with the development as he lamented that his team won’t be having enough time to rest before the big match.
When asked if he sympathises with his former manager, Lampard said as cited in Daily Mail:
“Yes. I’m not sure what team Jose can pick for Thursday. He’s got a strong squad and he can make rotations. But if you’re not going to get up ready to attack a London derby, then you shouldn’t be in this game.”
Victory for Chelsea away at Rennes will seal their qualification for the Champions League last 16 which will allow Lampard rest most of their key players. He added:
“I’ve looked at the schedule through December and it’s brutal.
“We’re due to play Arsenal on Boxing Day and then Aston Villa two days later. If we were to make it into the next round, it would be an opportunity to look at players who need minutes, or rest players."
And the Premier League table is gradually taking shape after the week 9 round of matches across all centres in England.
Tottenham were the main talking point of the matchday after Jose Mourinho's men defeated Man City by 2-0 to go top of the table and claim bragging rights over Pep Guardiola.
City's miserable season continued as they dropped to 13th on the log, but Chelsea moved to third on the log following a convincing 2-0 win over Newcastle.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Victor Moses' chances of joining Spartak Moscow on a permanent basis may have been jeopardised as the club's manager Domenico Tedesco casts doubt on the future of the player at the Otkrytie Arena.
The Chelsea winger joined the Russian side in the summer on a season-long loan deal in his sixth temporary move away from Stamford Bridge since his arrival from Wigan in 2012.
Reports from the Russian club claims Moses might be returning to Chelsea at the end of the season as his manager seems unimpressed with his performances so far.
Afcon Qualifiers: Sports Minister trains with Super Eagles | Legit TV