The blues boss says talking about a challenge for the crown is “ridiculous,” but one of his predecessors considers those comments mental games.
Frank Lampard is starting to sound like his Chelsea boss-mentor leader, Jose Mourinho, says Glenn Hoddle, with the Blues very much in a league title despite their manager considering that debate “ridiculous”.
Behind extensive investment during the summer transfer window, those at Stamford Bridge are pressured to force their way back into a dispute over domestic superiority.
A positive start was made to that search, with some strange blow on the way hit.
Lampard has tried to curb expectations at regular intervals, with the Chelsea legend keen to point out that he is working for long-term goals in west London.
Hoddle considers such comments part of the mental games that have become commonplace in modern football, with few bosses ready to talk about their respective sides ’claims for the top prize.
Former blues boss Mourinho, whom Lampard has enjoyed for many trophy years playing, has made a career of diverting attention from the supposed task he has in hand.
One of his protégés now looks alike, with Hoddle opining that Chelsea and Tottenham will be here or there when major honors are given in May.
The former Blues and Spurs player and coach told the Blues Evening Standard questioned about Lampard downplaying a headline speech: “It’s a bit like Jose Mourinho to say that Tottenham are like a ‘little pony’ in the race compared to the racehorses. I can see where Frank is coming from.
“But if there’s ever going to be a season when someone can hit and win the Premier League, it could be this year. You just have to look at the results over the past weekend.
“Now Chelsea have brought in Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech, they have incredible firepower, and they have brought in Thiago Silva and brought in a goalkeeper who seems to have settled their defensive problems.
“I can see why Frank underestimates it, and yes Liverpool and Manchester City are still the favorites, but Chelsea and Tottenham have a fight.”
Chelsea suffered a 1-0 defeat at Everton in their last Premier League outing, but they remain fifth in the table and are just three points back on relieving Spurs and Liverpool.