Frank Lampard says the spectacular type of Chelsea and Spurs will add “spice” to their Sunday showdown, however insists it’s too early to be eager about profitable the title.
Spurs at the moment high the Premier League whereas Chelsea are simply two factors behind them in third place, which has fuelled speak of a extra aggressive title race following three years of dominance by Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool.
Though Lampard agrees with Jose Mourinho’s feedback that Spurs ought to merely give attention to their “subsequent match” and nothing extra, he does admit that each side’ league place will make Sunday’s fixture – reside on Sky Sports activities – much more aggressive than common.
He mentioned: “Chelsea-Tottenham is additional particular anyway due to the rivalry between the 2 groups. I performed within the fixture many a time.
“The very fact we’re in good type and in the direction of the highest finish of the desk provides spice. We’re all preventing for positions so it is a sport that is still particular and all eyes shall be drawn to it.
“Once you’re taking part in rivals then it is at all times necessary to try to win these video games and it may be superb for confidence.
“They’re taking part in very properly. They clearly beat Manchester Metropolis final week and you’ll think about the bounce in confidence that gave them.
“We’re early on within the season actually by way of video games so we should not get carried away with our groups. It is good that we’re competing excessive up however there’s such a protracted method to go. I perceive Jose’s place and I really feel the identical about us.”
‘Kane and Son will take my report’
Lampard was additionally eager to spotlight the menace that Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son – who’ve 26 targets and assists between them in Spurs’ 9 league video games this season – are more likely to pose on Sunday.
Lampard can be prepared handy over the report that he and Didier Drogba maintain as the 2 gamers to mix for essentially the most targets in Premier League historical past.
The pair linked up for 36 strikes throughout their time collectively at Stamford Bridge, however Kane and Son are in second place and are quickly closing on the Chelsea duo.
Lampard mentioned: “They’re actually a menace to the report – they’ll beat that comfortably the best way they are going and truthful play.
“I’ve received no qualms about that report. It is one thing Didier and I are pleased with however that is soccer and it strikes on. Gamers of their stage will at all times check that.
“I am conscious of their threats. You have a look at the numbers they’re producing with their link-up play – that understanding is evident. It is one thing we have now to concentrate on – it is a huge power of theirs.
“With gamers like Son and Kane, they’ve labored on that for an excellent few years now and we’re within the early levels of that. I might love our gamers to get these kinds of relationships so that they know what one another are doing and have that stage of expertise.”
Premier League leaders Tottenham go to Chelsea on Sunday with their eyes on the title, simply as they did 4 years in the past when the London rivals went face to face in what grew to become often known as ‘The Battle of the Bridge’.
Tottenham travelled to Stamford Bridge in Could 2016 realizing they merely needed to win as a way to keep in contact with Leicester on the high of the desk and stay within the hunt for a primary top-flight title since 1961.
Nonetheless, Mauricio Pochettino’s aspect made their journey again throughout the capital with their title hopes up in smoke after what has gone down as one of the crucial bad-tempered clashes in Premier League historical past.
So what precisely occurred in west London that evening? Why was it such an ill-disciplined contest and what was the fallout?