- Jose Mourinho has begun a mind-game with his former side Chelsea
- The Portuguese manager was appointed Tottenham boss after Pochettino's sacking
- Mourinho said he did not believe Frank Lampard's men have top 2 quality this season
Jose Mourinho has taunted Chelsea ahead of Tottenham's anticipated clash with his former side after the Portuguese manager aimed a subtle jibe at Blues' young-studded squad.
Mourinho made a sensational fourth-time return to Premier League after being appointed Spurs boss in an unpleasant turn that saw Mauricio Pochettino disgracefully ushered out.
Meanwhile, Chelsea had appointed Mourinho's former prodigy Frank Lampard, and the Englishman started on high-note with Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori doing the impressive work.
But while reacting to Chelsea's current Premier League run, the 56-year-old manager showered some sweet affection but admitted that Lampard's young machines are far behind in the title race.
“I think fantastic work. The kids coming into the team are fitting amazingly well with the top class players like Willian and Kante," Mourinho.
“I think really, really great work by Frank. But they lost twice against United, they lost against Liverpool at home."
Mourinho also went on to predict Chelsea's defeat to Man City- mind-game tactics that later became reality as Blues suffered a 2-1 loss to Pep Guardiola's side at Etihad Stadium.
“They conceded four goals against Ajax and I’m very, very curious to see Chelsea in the next match at the Etihad," the 56-year-old said.
The Portuguese also ruled out Chelsea of top two, saying they lacked the strength to seal a big spot this season.
“I’m curious to see if they found that great empathy between the good football they play and the pragmatism that the top teams must have to play against top teams.
“When they find that I think they have a great team for the future. I don't believe in them to finish top two, but I believe very seriously for them to finish top four,” Mourinho further submitted.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Jose Mourinho has defended his rotation of Tottenham starting XI after his side suffered a Champions League loss to Bayern Munich on Wednesday, December 11.
The Portuguese manager rested some top stars including team captain Harry Kane but the decision backfired after Bayern Munich finished as leaders in Group B with maximum 18 points with 3-1 win over Spurs.
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Source: Sports Brief News