Frank Lampard insists he is not getting ‘carried away’ with any talk of a title challenge ahead of Chelsea’s ‘extra special’ clash with league leaders Tottenham this weekend.
Chelsea welcome the Premier League leaders to Stamford Bridge on Sunday in a hugely anticipated clash between the two London rivals, with both sides having enjoyed strong starts to the season to raise talk of a title challenge.
Lampard’s side have won their past six fixtures in all competitions and have shown encouraging signs in recent weeks, whilst Spurs are unbeaten in eight league fixtures since an opening weekend defeat to Everton.
Chelsea have an opportunity to overhaul the north London side with victory this weekend and Lampard admits the position of both sides in the table ‘adds spice’ to an already fierce rivalry, with the Blues boss admitting he is expecting a ‘tough match’ against the in-form visitors.
“Chelsea against Tottenham is extra special anyway because of the rivalry between the two teams but the fact we’re both in good form and towards to the top of the table definitely adds spice,” he said.
“We’re all fighting for those kind of positions so all eyes will be drawn to it. I certainly don’t put anything on the fact we beat them twice last season. Every new year brings something else and Tottenham invested heavily in the break to bring in some very good players to strengthen what was already a really strong squad. I’m expecting a tough match – their start to the season has shown that.”
Jose Mourinho – who won three Premier League winners medals during his time at Chelsea – attempted to downplay Spurs’ title chances following their win over Man City last weekend, and Lampard admitted that is a long way to go for both sides to prove they are contenders despite their positive starts to the current campaign.
“I understand Jose’s answer and that’s the position we should be in because the marker has been set by Liverpool and Manchester City in the last few seasons,” he said.
“We’re early on in the season really in terms of games so we shouldn’t get carried away with our teams. It’s good that we’re competing high up but there’s such a long way to go.”