Jose Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge with the goal of beating former Frank Lampard and helping Tottenham take fourth place.
The 27th Premier League match was a match between London and Tottenham. Interest in this London derby increased when this was the opportunity to return to Jose Mourinho’s Stamford Bridge – who built his name thanks largely to his time at Chelsea.
Current Chelsea coach – Frank Lampard – used to be Mourinho’s favorite student. But that did not make the Portuguese army to give up the habit of playing psychological warfare with the opponent. Before the match, Mourinho criticized that the current young coaches are assigned to lead big clubs too easily, as in the case of Lampard.
Tottenham is only one point behind Chelsea. But Mourinho’s army is like “guns without guns” when losing both main strikers Harry Kane and Son Heung-min because of injury. However, Chelsea did not have N’Golo Kante while the ability to play by midfielder Tammy Abraham was left open.
In the last two encounters, Chelsea has won. But in this match, the away team won three of the last five matches. Tottenham have won only one of 33 appearances at Stamford Bridge in all competitions. But Lampard’s teachers have lost seven matches at home this season and they have not won in the last four rounds.
After being banned by UEFA for the European Cup for two seasons, Man City lifted the spirits with a 2-0 win over West Ham. But the capacity and will of Pep Guardiola’s teachers and students will be more challenging when they are guests on the team behind them – Leicester.
In the first leg, Man City defeated Leicester 3-1 on December 21. At that time, Guardiola teachers and students were chasing the opponent, but now they are four points ahead of Leicester. This is a significant match for City, not only because Leicester is a direct opponent. In the middle of next week, Guardiola and his students will meet Real Madrid in the 1/8 round of the Champions League, so they need a good momentum.
Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers thinks the UEFA ban will not weaken City. On the contrary, he thinks that Pep Guardiola’s teachers and students will be stronger. “That ban will raise their morale. The players will be stronger. They will show it, I believe,” he said.