Chelsea boss Lampard fires back at Mourinho’s complaints ahead of Spurs clash

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has responded to Jose Mourinho’s comments ahead of the Carabao Cup tie with Tottenham.

Mourinho has suggested his side will not be as competitive as he would like in Tuesday’s clash due to fixture congestion.

Spurs compete in the Europa League on Thursday before returning to Premier League action at the weekend.

“I would like to fight for the Carabao but I don't think I can,” Mourinho had said.

“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.

“It's a competition with a possible group phase that gives us a good chance to go through to the next knockout stage so this game on Thursday is very important for us.

“You can imagine that with a game on Thursday that decides a very important thing for us, I think the EFL made the decision for us.

“They didn't even create us a problem, they made the decision for us.”

And Lampard admitted he feels for his former boss, though wants to make sure he respects the Carabao Cup.

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Asked about Mourinho’s comments, and where the competition ranks for Chelsea, Lampard replied: “Yeah, I mean, I know that, and I know Jose it’s a busy time for Tottenham because of the Europa League. It’s a busy time for us all. They had a free mid-week last week, we didn’t.

“I know they have a busy week this week. But when I analyse Tottenham and know the squad they have, and analyse what might be a team that maybe didn’t play 90 minutes pretty much yesterday.

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“They have a fantastic squad, so I feel that any squad Jose will put out can be very strong.

“I think we all know that the Carabao Cup, for teams like ourselves and Tottenham – who are challenging for the top four and Champions League, like we are – then the Carabao Cup does have its place and we certainly respect it and every tournament we go in we’ll try and win.”

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