Lampard prepares to face strong Tottenham team despite Mourinho's 'giving up' remark
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has indicated a potential squad rotation for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup clash against Chelsea.
This will be a busy week for the North London outfit as they host Chelsea (the Carabao Cup) and Maccabi Haifa (Europa League) in the next few days before making the trip to Old Trafford for their Premier League fixture against Manchester United.
Mourinho understandably expressed his displeasure over the scheduling and suggested that he may field a weaker team against Chelsea since he also has to take decisive Europa League tie on Thursday into consideration.
Speaking in his press conference on Monday afternoon, Mourinho told the media (via BeanymanSports YouTube channel): “I would like to fight for the Carabao [Cup] but I don’t think I can.
“We have a game on Thursday that gives us not as much money as the Champions League but the group phase of the Europa League gives us a certain amount that for a club like us is very important.”
Frank Lampard admitted that he felt for his former boss but he also pointed out that Spurs had an easier week.
“Yeah, I mean, I know that, and I know Jose it’s a busy time for Tottenham because of the Europa League,” he told the media today (via the Daily Star).
“It’s a busy time for us all. They had a free mid-week last week, we didn’t.”
Knowing Mourinho really well and that it could just be another mind game from the Portuguese tactician, Lampard said he will still prepare to face a strong team.
“They have a fantastic squad, so I feel that any squad Jose will put out can be very strong,” he added.”