Frank Lampard does not care whether the 'spygate' saga changed Marcelo Bielsa as the Chelsea and Leeds United bosses prepare to revive their rivalry.

Almost two years have passed since Bielsa sent a Leeds employee to covertly watch Derby County – then managed by Lampard – in training.

That person was caught outside the Rams' training ground, and Leeds were fined £200,000 by the English Football League in February 2019.

Bielsa, who said it had not been an isolated incident, later declared he paid the penalty personally.

The Argentinian said this week that he had learned from that incident, in terms of what was not acceptable in the English game.

His Leeds side went on to be eliminated by Derby in the 2018-19 Championship play-off semi-finals, with a 1-0 away victory for Bielsa's team following by a crushing 4-2 home defeat to Lampard's men.

Now Bielsa and Lampard will meet again, as Leeds travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Speaking in a news conference on Friday, Lampard said: "I'm absolutely not concerned about what lesson he’s learned or not.

"I'm not going to hang on it with this game. It's long gone. I respect him and I respect Leeds. I'm mainly concerned with us being right to try to win the match."

The Chelsea boss stressed: "It's in the past. It was a great news story, it had a lot to it, and it's gone.

"I look at him and how well he did. He brought Leeds up the year after, they were one of the strongest teams, probably the strongest team in the Championship, almost, the year that we played against them at Derby.

"So it was a very proud moment for us – for myself actually – to go against him and win that game, but it's a game long gone now.

"I go up against him with a team in great form. I just see the football side now."

Chelsea sit third in the Premier League after 10 rounds of matches and are unbeaten in eight, with Leeds 12th but catching the eye with a string of energetic performances.

The omens may not be great for Leeds, given Chelsea have only ever lost three times in home games against promoted teams during the Premier League era – to Nottingham Forest in January 1995, against Charlton in April 2001 and in a clash with Bournemouth in December 2015.

They have an 82 per cent win rate – 68 wins from 83 games – against such sides at home, and Lampard has an inside line of sorts on two of Leeds' best attackers, having played with Jack Harrison at New York City FC and had Patrick Bamford as a colleague at Chelsea.

Bamford, who could not make a first-team breakthrough at Chelsea, will fancy the occasion, given his form away from home with Leeds this season.

Only Son Heung-min and Jamie Vardy have scored more away Premier League goals than Bamford this season, with six of his seven strikes coming on the road.

"I like Patrick as a lad, he's playing very well and I'm really happy for him," Lampard said.

Asked about Harrison, Lampard said: "Jack is a million miles from the player he was in New York.

"I hope that doesn't sound negative in any way because he was a real developing player at that point.

"He's an absolutely lovely lad, I've got so much time for him and I keep in touch with him. I actually spoke to him the other day."

Frank Lampard admits Olivier Giroud has given him "a really nice problem" as the France striker pushes for a regular Premier League start. 

Four goals against Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday showed Giroud can have a big part to play for Chelsea this season. 

Tammy Abraham has led the line for Chelsea recently in the Premier League, and it remains to be seen who Lampard turns to for Saturday's Stamford Bridge clash with Leeds United. 

Giroud has continued to contribute consistently for France, even when sidelined at Chelsea, and Lampard knows he has a player raring to be unleashed in the domestic competition. 

With the delayed Euro 2020 finals coming up next year, Giroud naturally wants to be as match sharp as possible, but Lampard cannot assure him of regular starts. 

"I don’t think it's a case of giving any players assurance of game time," Lampard said. "With the competitive squad we have, that's very difficult to do. 

"All you want when players are out of the team is to train well and get themselves in the team and perform like Oli did the other day. And, of course, that gives me nice problems as such. 

"Oli's always done that for me here, particularly at the back end of last season when he was playing as regularly as he's played at Chelsea in my time at the club. 

"So I'm happy with him. He's given me a really nice problem. His form is good. He's training well."

There has been speculation Giroud could leave Chelsea in January, but Lampard does not appear to be thinking along those lines. 

Yet he could not say with certainty that Giroud was happy in his current role. 

"I can't answer that for Oli. All I can say is that from my point of view, in that forward area I've competition for places," Lampard added. 

"Tammy Abraham has been playing very well for us this season. He's been scoring goals and making assists and he brings attributes. Olivier, like we saw the other day, brings his attributes, so that's great competition for me. 

"I can't give assurances and you'd have to ask Oli. I never see anything negative from Oli and I've got huge respect for him. 

"Playing the way he did the other night, clearly he's going to get opportunities to play for us because that was just a top-class performance all round." 

Giroud has only scored 13 goals in 63 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, although that goals-per-game rate is mitigated by the fact he was a substitute in 38 of those games. 

Where he comes into his own is winning balls in the air, often when taking on opposition defenders. Opta data shows he has won 135 of 235 such aerial challenges, compared to Abraham's 110 of 238 for Chelsea during Giroud's time at the club. 

Giroud might help his cause if he put away a higher percentage of chances that fall his way, though. 

In terms of opportunities defined by Opta as big chances, Giroud has converted just 29.17 per cent (seven of 24 big chances) in the Premier League since joining at the end of January 2018, while Abraham has scored from 31.43 per cent of such openings during the same period. 

Neither can hold a candle to former Chelsea winger Eden Hazard. Between Giroud joining and Hazard leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid at the end of the 2018-19 season, the Belgian found the net from 11 of 21 big chances in the Premier League for an impressive 52.38 per cent record. 

It may also make Chelsea's strikers blush that Hazard remains the club's top Premier League goal scorer for the period since Giroud arrived from Arsenal, with his 20 goals putting him two ahead of Abraham.

Olivier Giroud refused to be drawn on his chances of keeping a place in Chelsea's starting XI after he scored all four goals in a 4-0 Champions League rout of Sevilla.

Giroud scored with his left foot in the first half at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan before adding further goals with his right and his head as well as a penalty to help the Blues secure first place in Group E on Wednesday.

Frank Lampard's Chelsea are in action against Leeds United in the Premier League on Saturday but Giroud – who is the second player from France to score four goals in a single Champions League match after Bafetimbi Gomis for Lyon in December 2011 – could yet lose his place to Chelsea's regular forward Tammy Abraham.

"Let me enjoy the night and that great win and after that we will rest and we will see what the gaffer's plan is," France World Cup winner Giroud told BT Sport.

4 - Olivier Giroud is the first Chelsea player to score four goals in a game since Frank Lampard in March 2010 vs Aston Villa, while he's the first to net four for Chelsea in a European Cup/Champions League game. Incredible. pic.twitter.com/p3k9sdCz9k

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 2, 2020

"When you win 4-0 in a Champions League away game it's always a great feeling and a good performance from the team. We took the game from the front foot and we were efficient up front, especially for me because I scored four goals.

"I will try to carry on like that to finish the good job of the team. It's always nice to be in the club history and we play football to mark our history so I'm pleased to help the team to win and to score the four goals."

Giroud, who scored three goals for Arsenal against Olympiacos in December 2015, is the second player to score a Champions League hat-trick for multiple English sides after Michael Owen (Liverpool and Manchester United).

He is the third player to score a perfect hat-trick (left-foot, right-foot and header) for an English team in the Champions League after Alvaro Negredo and Harry Kane.

Commenting on that feat, Giroud said: "I didn't know until two years ago that you called it a perfect hat-trick, when I scored against Kiev in the Europa League I said 'what do you mean?'

"It was good, I had good assists though."

4 - Chelsea have won four consecutive Champions League matches for the first time since the 2011-12 campaign, when they went on to win the competition. Firing. pic.twitter.com/Io1zuCrIdH

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 2, 2020

 

The 34-year-old, who is the second player to score four goals for an English outfit in a Champions League match after Ruud van Nistelrooy in Manchester United's 4-1 home win over Sparta Prague in November 2004, said Chelsea's players are looking forward to welcoming supporters back to Stamford Bridge for the first time since March on Saturday.

"It's been a long time," said Giroud. "We miss our fans, football is not the same sport, the passion is not the same without the fans, so obviously we are looking forward to Saturday and we hope for a nice welcome."

Olivier Giroud staked his claim for a regular place in Chelsea's starting line-up after scoring four goals against Sevilla, according to the last player to net four in a game for the Blues, head coach Frank Lampard.

Giroud scored with his left foot, right foot, his head, and netted a penalty at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as the 34-year-old became the oldest player to score a hat-trick in the modern Champions League and the first Chelsea player to hit four since Lampard did so against Aston Villa in 2010.

His performance, which followed another match-winning appearance in Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Rennes a week earlier, left Lampard unable to deny that the World Cup winner is in contention for a place in the first XI to face Leeds United on Saturday.

Giroud has yet to start a Premier League game for Chelsea this season, but when asked whether he had a good claim for a place, Lampard told BT Sport: "Yeah, he does. I'll have to see because it is a tight turnaround but it's four goals in a game.

"It's not just his own performance but when you play Ollie and you utilise his strengths and still maintain threats from the side with speed and quality play from the middle of the park, then you see a real nice balance about our attacking play.

"It's not easy scoring four but again he's done it on this level against a really top opponent. His input into the goals was really top class."

Having seen his men draw 0-0 with Tottenham three days earlier, Lampard rotated his team and brought in Callum Hudson-Odoi and Kai Havertz along with Giroud, while resting Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner and Mason Mount.

He was rewarded with a performance full of confidence as Havertz, Mateo Kovacic and substitute N'Golo Kante all assisted goals for Giroud before the France international scored a late penalty.

Chelsea are now unbeaten in 12 matches in all competitions and Lampard said: "I'm delighted with the team. To come here against a very strong Sevilla team – they made changes, so did we – it's a difficult place to come and the team performance from start to finish was great because it had everything.

"There were moments in the first half when it was tough for us, and we dealt with those moments, and our play was just brilliant."

Returning his attention to Giroud, who has suggested he could leave in January if he is not afforded more game time, Lampard added: "What I am bothered about is what he gives us on the pitch, what he gives us off the pitch and around it. Everyone's delighted for him because of how he is, how he trains and how he plays."

Olivier Giroud was Chelsea's match-winner for the second time in as many Champions League games as he scored all four goals in a 4-0 victory over Sevilla that clinched first place in Group E for the Blues.

Giroud, who was making his 50th start for Chelsea, was at his clinical best as he took his tally to 10 goals in his last seven away starts in the competition and ensured Chelsea go into the round of 16 as one of eight seeded teams.

He was the beneficiary of some fine build-up play as Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi staked their claim for more regular first-team football in an impressive performance from a changed Chelsea team.

Sevilla went into this game unbeaten in 14 home matches in all European competitions but were scuppered by Frank Lampard's hardworking side, who blocked low for long periods but attacked fluently.

After scoring with either foot, Giroud capped a fine performance with a towering header and then a penalty as he became the oldest player to score a Champions League hat-trick, at 34 years and 63 days.

Frank Lampard believes John Terry could be the ideal man to lift Derby County from the doldrums.

Although Wayne Rooney is in interim charge at Pride Park, there is no guarantee the former Manchester United striker will become permanent manager of the Championship club.

Now 39-year-old Terry, who is assistant manager at Aston Villa, is being linked with the job.

It would be a first experience of being manager of a club for the former Chelsea and England captain, a team-mate of Lampard with club and country.

But with Lampard having spent a year as Derby boss before being handed the Stamford Bridge top job, he sees it as an ideal club for Terry.

"I think John is destined to be a manager. He is obviously working very well alongside Dean Smith over the last few years at Aston Villa, so would have been learning a lot," Lampard said.

"But what John knows and his experiences in the game as a player will be huge, I know that from playing alongside him so long what he has to offer.

"I think it is a great opportunity potentially for him if true and for Derby."

Former England manager Steve McClaren has been helping out Rooney, but it remains to be seen if the club's owners wish to retain that partnership.

Terry may be seen as a man with not only the passion but the right kind of coaching experience to step in and lift the club off the foot of the table.

Speaking in a Chelsea news conference on Tuesday, Lampard added: "John will be a hungry, ambitious manager, whether it's Derby or whatever other opportunities come his way as he goes along.

"I don't know anything [about the Derby link] but John is going to be a fantastic coach in my opinion."

Frank Lampard says Billy Gilmour is looking "spot on" and poised to get his first minutes of the season against Sevilla in the Champions League, a game which he insists has high stakes.

Chelsea and Sevilla are already through to the last 16 with 10 points from their first four games ahead of Wednesday's match in Spain, which will determine top spot in Group E.

But Lampard is not yet satisfied, with first place his target even if he makes a few changes to his team amid a busy fixture schedule.

Victory would give Chelsea four straight Champions League wins and Lampard was in the Blues team the last time they did that in 2012, going on to win that year's competition.

"Some people are knocking on the door and deserve opportunities, but even though we have qualified we want to win the group," said Lampard.

"We are fully fit and ready to go. We are not taking it lightly, we want to win the group so I am certainly not expecting a drop in level.

"It certainly isn’t a dead rubber. We want to win the group for different reasons. Generally winning the group is the beneficial pathway, though that isn't clear all the time. 

"My feelings in football are, if you are going well and try and flick the switch off and then flick it back on again, it doesn't work that way."

Midfielder Gilmour is in contention to make his first appearance of the season after a nasty knee injury kept him out since early July.

Chelsea boss Lampard also wants to see a response from winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, who was left out of the squad for Sunday's Premier League 0-0 draw with Tottenham.

Lampard said of 19-year-old Gilmour: "He is looking spot on and will come in to compete with the other players in that midfield area.

"He is fit now and in the squad. It would be nice if he could get some minutes in the remaining two Champions League group games. Minutes are hard to get in COVID times.

"I hopefully see him coming back at the level he was at before he got injured. He made a great impact and there will be so much more to come from him at this club because of the talent he has."

On the decision to omit Hudson-Odoi for the Spurs game, Lampard said: "It was difficult. I have been really pleased with his training lately and his attitude is bang on at the moment - that was reflected with scoring and playing well against Rennes.

"I have tough decisions when we have a fully fit squad to leave players that work hard - and who are desperate to play for the club - out.

"I did speak to him personally because I wanted him to understand where he is at. It's a progression and he is getting better for me. He is back in contention and I want to see more of the same." 

Sevilla have not topped a Champions League group since 2009, while Chelsea last did so in the 2015-16 campaign.

The two teams drew 0-0 at Stamford Bridge in October, with Sevilla now unbeaten in their last seven meetings with English sides in major European competitions.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have only won one of their last 10 games against Spanish opponents in the Champions League.

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard disagreed with Jose Mourinho's assessment that Tottenham were "just a pony" in the Premier League title race.

Spurs returned to the top of the Premier League table following Sunday's 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge.

But Mourinho was keen to play down his team's title chances after they collected a 13th point in five Premier League away games to begin the season – their most since 1991-92.

"We are not even in the race so we are not a horse. We are the small, young horse – a pony. We are just a pony, and you see the difference," he told reporters. 

"Joe Rodon was playing for Swansea. Thiago Silva was for many years and still is one of the best centre-backs in the world. And maybe one month of Thiago's salary pays Joe a year's salary. So, calm.

"I'm very happy with Joe, very happy with the profile, and to be with my amazing coaching staff – Joao [Sacramento], Ledley [King], all these guys – coaching and teaching these guys, and working with Joe has been a pleasure.

"I just feel sorry he can't play in the Europa League because it would be a great level of experience for him, and I believe the biggest game he played before this one was Championship play-offs and a Wales national team match, so I'm very pleased that he could come here and for 90 minutes he made one mistake.

"[Eric] Dier made more mistakes than him, especially in ball possession, so I'm very happy with my team, very happy with my guys, very happy with this mentality – that we come to Stamford Bridge, we get a point, we are top of the league, and we are not happy."

Mourinho used a similar analogy in early 2014 while in charge of Chelsea, and his side finished behind Manchester City and Liverpool in that season.

Lampard, whose Chelsea are on their longest unbeaten run (14 games) since November 2018 and sit third in the table, disagreed with Mourinho and said Spurs had to be considered among the contenders.

"It's Jose's call to say it how he sees it from his end but from the outside they're the top of the league, he's very close to the top. If we're contenders then they have to be contenders," he said.

"I think if you've got Harry Kane and Son [Heung-min] in your team, Son's got nine goals, Harry's got seven.

"They keep clean sheets well because of the organisation of their team. They would expect to be in the race. They've invested heavily, they've got people like Gareth Bale sitting on the bench. Dele Alli's not here, there's a strong squad there.

"I think we're all competing. Jose can say it as he sees it."

A point gained, or two lost? Both Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and Tottenham counterpart Jose Mourinho felt their teams could have won a London derby that was big on pre-match hype but lacking in clear-cut chances.

"That was a game where we respected them and they respected us," Mourinho told Sky Sports after the Stamford Bridge stalemate. A little too much respect, perhaps.

The Premier League title hopefuls combined to manage four shots on target in a quickly forgettable contest that, like a loaf missing yeast, failed to rise.

Lampard, meanwhile, reflected on a game where his team had the "handbrake a tiny bit up", even if a seventh clean sheet in nine outings shows they have some momentum to work with while parked nicely in third place in the table.

One of the few openings came Chelsea's way as the capital clash neared a welcome conclusion, substitute Olivier Giroud not converting in added time when up against fellow Frenchman Hugo Lloris.

Tammy Abraham watched on from the home bench as the man who had replaced him proved unable to grab a late winner. Abraham had moments to make a mark on proceedings before being replaced, only to fluff his lines on the big stage.

There were a pair of inviting crosses from Reece James in the second half that were missed, while another delivery from Timo Werner – playing from the left in a front three – went begging.

It summed up a frustrating outing for Abraham, whose 79 minutes on the pitch included four shots – none of which hit the target – along with 14 passes (he completed just 57 per cent of them) and 27 touches, a number only one better than his own team's goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy.

The England international was a key figure in a successful first campaign under Lampard, scoring 15 league goals, but such exploits only lead to increased expectations.

As former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink pointed out during Sky Sports' post-match coverage, the bar has been raised. If 2019-20 felt like a free swing for Lampard and his young squad, that early promise, coupled with substantial investment in the squad, has increased the pressure on all at the club.

"He has to improve in those moments. He did ever so well last year when he came in, for half of the season he was a breath of fresh air, scored a lot of goals," Hasselbaink said of Abraham, who has started four games in a row in the league.

"Second half of the season he had it tough, but it's normal because he's a young boy, but this season he needs to step up. With his stature, his ability, he should do better and score more goals and score more important goals."

Abraham has three league goals so far in 2020-21, averaging one every 182 minutes. That compares unfavourably to last season, when he managed to score every 148 minutes.

When it comes to big chances, the numbers are trending in the right direction. Last term he missed 22 such opportunities, but he has converted two of the four that have come his way so far in this campaign.

Yet it is perhaps not too surprising that Abraham did not capitalise on James' delicious deliveries against Spurs, having scored just four of his 18 top-flight goals from crosses. Still, such openings cannot afford to be passed up now that the spotlight is more intense, both due to Werner's arrival from RB Leipzig and amid talk of a title tilt.

"Sometimes I wonder if he watches clips of himself after the game, because sometimes his movement can be better, his hold-up can be better. He needs to keep on improving," Hasselbaink - who scored 69 times in the Premier League during his Chelsea career - added.

Lampard was rewarded for showing faith in Abraham in his first year; now the striker must push on if he wants to make sure he is not left behind.

Jose Mourinho revealed Tottenham's players were left disappointed by the draw with Chelsea, with the Spurs boss lauding a "complete change of mentality".

Spurs returned to the top of the Premier League table – on goal difference – thanks to a 0-0 stalemate at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, as Mourinho arrested a two-match losing streak in the top-flight to his former star player Frank Lampard.

Tottenham, who were 2-0 winners over Manchester City last time out, managed only five attempts, with just one of those on target, which came from Serge Aurier in the 15th minute.

Chelsea, on the other hand, had 13 goal attempts, with Hugo Lloris called into action three times – twice late on to deny both Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud, who latched onto a Joe Rodon error in stoppage time.

Mourinho believes the draw was a fair result but insisted his team were not happy, a reaction he believes shows the development of the players.

"The one thing that I take from the game, that a draw here normally is a positive result," Mourinho told Sky Sports.

"To go top of the league with that result is also a positive thing, and my dressing room is not happy – that's the best thing I take from the game.

"We are not happy, and that for me is fantastic. It is a complete change of mentality, a complete change of personality.

"You can tell us we didn't have many chances, and I agree, but how many did they have? That's the thing that makes me really happy – we are not happy with a draw at Stamford Bridge."

It was the first time Chelsea and Spurs – who are on eight and nine-game unbeaten runs respectively – have played out a goalless draw in the Premier League since November 2015, and the first time in a top-flight game at Stamford Bridge since March 2012.

"It was a game without many chances. I believe it is a game where they wanted to win like we did, but we respected them and they also respected us, and nobody gambled, nobody tried to change the direction of the game," said Mourinho.

"Everybody was in the situation of 'one mistake, I punish you, I win', especially in the last 15, 20 minutes. They had one shot from long distance, we had in the first half more than in the second half. A big game, a difficult game to play for both."

Tammy Abraham squandered three presentable chances for Chelsea in the second half, with Lampard stating the only thing missing from his side's display was cutting edge in the final third, with the Blues boss delighted by the hosts' defensive resilience.

"It went how I sort of expected. I expected us to have a lot of possession and we did," said Lampard, whose side restricted Harry Kane and Son Heung-min brilliantly.

At least one of Spurs' two chief destroyers had scored in every league game since they missed out in a draw with Newcastle United in September.

"I thought we created enough chances to win the game, so we had good control," Lampard added.

"The clean sheet factor against a team that we've seen are set up to play on the counter-attack, I thought that part of our game was excellent, to deal with the threat of Kane and Son in particularly, didn't really give them a sniff, but didn't quite take our chances."

Chelsea and Tottenham failed to fully capitalise on Liverpool's slip-up as Frank Lampard and Jose Mourinho oversaw a tightly contested 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge.

With Liverpool pegged back by Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, Spurs could have moved two points clear of the Reds at the top of the Premier League. Chelsea – playing the 1,000th game of the Roman Abramovich era – were also vying for pole position.

Yet despite a bright start in Sunday's London derby, with Timo Werner having a goal disallowed, neither side could make the breakthrough in what was an encounter short of clear chances.

Looking to score in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since September 2019, Tammy Abraham missed three presentable opportunities as Chelsea had the better of the second half, with Olivier Giroud also fluffing his lines late on as the points were shared.

Hakim Ziyech sent a half-volley into Hugo Lloris' gloves in the opening minutes, but Spurs showed their threat on the counter when Harry Kane slipped in Steven Bergwijn, who drilled over.

Chelsea mounted a swift break of their own two minutes later – Werner finishing in stunning fashion off the right-hand upright – but the offside flag spared Spurs.

Edouard Mendy then made a fine save from Tottenham full-back Serge Aurier, though that strike was the second of just two attempts on target in what became a cagey first half.

Chelsea got behind Spurs' line in the 48th minute, with Reece James aiming a brilliant cross towards Abraham, who failed to make solid contact with his header.

Abraham missed a near-identical chance moments later, before he failed to tuck in from Werner's pinpoint delivery.

Mason Mount saw a long-range strike kept out with nine minutes to go, though Abraham's replacement Giroud had the best chance of the closing stages, only to lob a tame effort straight to French compatriot Lloris.

Jose Mourinho has many happy memories at Stamford Bridge, but very few of them have come from the visiting dugout.

The Tottenham coach takes his side to Chelsea on Sunday looking to preserve top spot in the Premier League against hosts who can themselves reach the summit with a win.

For Mourinho, it is also a return to his first club in English football.

The Portuguese won consecutive league titles with Chelsea following his arrival in 2004 and added a third after returning to the Blues in 2013.

However, since leaving the Bridge for the first time in 2007, Mourinho has won away at Chelsea only once.

That success came on his first trip back in 2010 when the idea of Mourinho ever enduring misery in SW6 seemed quite improbable.

Mourinho's Inter won 1-0 courtesy of Samuel Eto'o's goal to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals. The Nerazzurri had triumphed over Carlo Ancelotti's men in the home leg, too, and would claim the treble.

Yet those were Mourinho's only back-to-back victories against Chelsea and there have been just two subsequent wins in 10 attempts in all competitions - both in the Premier League at Old Trafford as Manchester United manager. Antonio Conte oversaw each reverse.

A third success did follow in September of this year but only courtesy of a penalty shoot-out as Chelsea were knocked out of the EFL Cup.

That was a third meeting with Frank Lampard, a star midfielder in Mourinho's first spell, and the master is yet to get the better of his apprentice outside of spot-kicks.

Indeed, Lampard did the double over Mourinho in the league last season.

Were the former England international to secure another victory this weekend, he would become the first Premier League coach to win three in a row against Mourinho in the competition. Chelsea would also become the first club to enjoy a trio of consecutive successes.

The Blues should not be lacking motivation this week, but the potential to make history against their former boss adds just a little more spice.


Mourinho's full record against Chelsea (Premier League unless stated):

Inter 2-1 Chelsea (Champions League) - 2010
Chelsea 0-1 Inter (Champions League) - 2010

Chelsea 4-0 Manchester United - 2016
Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United (FA Cup) - 2017
Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea - 2017
Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United - 2017
Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea - 2018
Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United (FA Cup final) - 2018
Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United - 2018
Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea - 2019
Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham - 2020
Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea (EFL Cup, 5-4 pens) - 2020

Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho suggested Frank Lampard was under pressure after Chelsea's big spending in the close season.

Mourinho's Spurs are top of the Premier League as they prepare for Sunday's trip to Stamford Bridge for a London derby.

After signing the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Edouard Mendy, Chelsea are third in the table.

Those recruits reportedly cost Chelsea around £222million in a major investment for Lampard's second season at the helm.

Mourinho, who had two spells as Chelsea boss and coached Lampard, said the spending also brought pressure.

"When you are favourites, you know why you are favourites," he told reporters.

"And you have to accept that and you have to deal with that kind of pressure and responsibility. I was at clubs which were, let's say, champions in the market because of their powerful investments. I had to deal with that pressure.

"So now it's not for me to deal with that pressure. It's for others to deal with that pressure. That's not for us."

Spurs, too, have strengthened since last year, although some of their spending came before Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino 12 months ago.

The likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Steven Bergwijn, Ryan Sessegnon, Sergio Reguilon, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Matt Doherty have arrived at Tottenham since mid-2019.

Lampard said there was no doubt every manager was under some sort of pressure.

"We all have relative pressures as managers, not just myself and Jose. He was here as manager so he understands it very well," he said.

"If you look at the spending over the last couple of seasons, what Tottenham made the summer I came to Chelsea and what they've done in this break compared to us, you'll see that it's been very similar output but the only thing that will get you success is hard work.

"The pressures at Tottenham will be big because Jose has built a fantastic squad and has incredible players so we're both in the same position – we want success, people have expectations on us and we work towards that."

Frank Lampard is philosophical about the evolution of his relationship with his former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and insists the pair remain "cordial".

Once upon a time, Lampard was the lynchpin of Mourinho's Blues side that won two Premier League titles, as many EFL Cups and an FA Cup during the Portuguese's first stint in charge at Stamford Bridge.

In the here and now, Lampard is in the Chelsea dugout while Mourinho is in charge of Premier League leaders Tottenham, with the London rivals set to square off on Sunday with just two points and two places separating the teams.

From the outside there has been a certain frostiness between the two parties, including a tense touchline exchange as Spurs defeated Chelsea on penalties in an EFL Cup tie back in September.

There was also an apparent dig made by Mourinho after a 2-0 loss to Lampard's side in the Premier League last December, when making reference to the "Conte system" employed by his opposite number.

Lampard was keen to stress his respect for Mourinho, though, and explained changes in dynamics are part and parcel of football.

"I don't know, I wouldn't say it's changed it that much, when I left Chelsea in 2014 I think it is, I moved on and my life went in different directions," Lampard said. 

"Generally when you go in different directions you're so consumed and busy in your lives your relationship changes, so it changed and we were always very cordial.

"If I see Jose, if I talk about him, sending messages between each other, we've always had a good relationship on that front. 

"I think just naturally now when we are doing the cut-throat of being managers of these clubs that are rivals it does change the relationship – not in a bad way we've got no problem with it or I certainly haven't. 

"We're very competitive people, we always want to do well. When I speak about Jose I always show how much respect I have for him in all senses, I've always had that back from him and that's where it is."

The game against Tottenham will be Chelsea's 1,000th since Roman Abramovich's takeover of the club 17 years ago.

Lampard has experienced much of that period as a player and a manager and it was put to the Chelsea boss there may be a feeling among the club's rivals that the Blues' success in the time since has been bought.

The former England midfielder replied: "That might have been a reaction in early years because we made a difference and invested to a level probably in that short period when we first came, and Jose Mourinho's first years, we invested and moved up the table because we added quality to the squad. 

"I think if you look at top end of Premier League now and how the Premier League has developed, you can look at our spending in the last couple of seasons you can absolutely compare it with Tottenham and Arsenal in terms of players coming in and out of the clubs. 

"Then you can also look at Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City and what they've done and I think I've reeled off five or six clubs at least that are spending a lot of money. 

"Teams that get promoted into the Premier League now spend around £100million so I think it's an argument that's changed in time. 

"But as much as you can invest in football you only win things through pure hard work and personnel on the ground."

Frank Lampard described the late Diego Maradona as a "footballing god" as he revealed the Argentina legend made him fall in love with the sport.

Albiceleste and Napoli great Maradona died this week, aged 60.

Argentina entered three days of mourning, while the city of Naples had a similar response to the passing of one of the greatest footballers of all time.

His death has also prompted tributes from further afield, including reverence from other big names in the game.

Chelsea coach Lampard discussed his feelings towards Maradona prior to this weekend's game against Tottenham, adding he had forgiven the controversial 'Hand of God' goal that helped eliminate England from the 1986 World Cup.

"Diego Maradona was my idol growing up," Lampard told reporters. "I was born into a football family, but he was the player on the world stage who made me fall in love with the game.

"I wasn't even put off by the 'Hand of God'. I was as an England fan, but I got over it as I grew up.

"I was fortunate enough to meet him briefly; he was a footballing god. It is very sad he's not with us."

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