Jose Mourinho is at risk of losing his old game Frank Lampard for the fourth time in a row, when Tottenham play Chelsea in the fourth round of the League Cup.
Mourinho has met Lampard three times as a coach and lost all three. The first time was when Lampard led first-class team Derby County to defeat Mourinho’s Man Utd in the League Cup 2018-2019 season. Last season, Lampard returned to coaching Chelsea, and grieved Mourinho’s Tottenham both at home and away in the Premier League. It was the first time in history that a team had beaten Mourinho both games in one league season.
But Mourinho is hard to regain when Tottenham have to play three games in five days, and this is the third match. On September 27, Mourinho’s teachers and students were held by Newcastle in the third round of the Premier League. Mourinho had to withdraw Son Heung-min after the first half of that game to support the Korean striker – a factor that made Tottenham lose the victory. On the evening of October 1, Rooster will host Maccabi Haifa in the Europa League play-off round.
Compared to the value of reaching the Europa League group stage, Tottenham was forced to let go of the League Cup. Mourinho expressed: “I really want to go deep in the League Cup, but I cannot myself. Attending the Europa League gives us a better financial income. For a team like Tottenham, it is the same important factor”.
Not only a disadvantage in terms of schedule, the current Tottenham team cannot match the opponent. Chelsea has spent nearly 290 million dollars to reinforce forces this summer. Despite earning only four points after three Premier League games, equal to Tottenham, the home team Stamford Bridge is considered a force this season.