Jose Mourinho has suggested there is more pressure on clubs with “powerful investments” like Chelsea than Tottenham ahead of this weekend’s London derby.
Spurs travel to Stamford Bridge aiming to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League, but Chelsea can leapfrog their former manager with a win.
Both clubs spent money to improve their squads over the summer, but Mourinho doesn’t think Tottenham’s financial power is comparable to Chelsea and others.
With that in mind, Mourinho hinted that Lampard is under more pressure to deliver success, something the Spurs boss has experienced at big-spending clubs in his career.
“When you are favourites, you know why you are favourites,” Mourinho said (via the Guardian). “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.”
Chelsea have obviously splashed out much more than Tottenham in the modern era, but Spurs were one of the Premier League’s biggest spenders in the most recent transfer window.
All of which is to say that we are seeing a case of Mourinho playing mind games ahead of his latest meeting with Lampard.
The Blues beat Tottenham twice last season, so Mourinho will be keen to get one over on his former student.