Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has responded strongly to Jose Mourinho’s comments on the number of penalties the Blues and others have had compared to Tottenham. Lampard says he wasn’t surprised by the Special One’s accusations but is not taking it too seriously.
Mourinho was defending Harry Kane in claiming that Spurs’ rivals have all tried to win spot kicks cheaply.
The Tottenham striker was accused of backing into Adam Lallana to win a penalty in the 2-1 win over Brighton.
But Mourinho was having none of it and insisted he has seen worse this season at Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.
Speaking earlier this week, Mourinho said: “Kane? I think you are confused.
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“You could be speaking about some Manchester United players, some Man City players, some Liverpool players, some Chelsea players.”
Lampard expected nothing less from Mourinho and was adamant there have been no incidents of diving from his players this season.
“I wasn’t surprised by those comments,” he said. “There have been no incidents of diving at Chelsea this season that I’ve seen.
“But I wasn’t surprised by it, no. I think it’s very normal that managers in and around the clubs challenging sometimes mention others with those statements. It didn’t affect me.”
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He added: “I’m not going to tell Jose or any other manager how to do a press conference.
“I think we all know when we watch these penalty decisions, we know what ones are penalties, what ones are dives, ones that are cleverly bought. I don’t want to dwell on it.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Lampard has praised the performances of Kurt Zouma this season and he believes he has come into his own.
“I’ve been really impressed with Kurt, his form and what he’s giving us, scoring and defending from set-pieces, which is a big part of our game,” he said.
“I think Thiago can affect people around him. I think of his status in the game and the way he plays it.
“We talk about partnerships in the team. We can all think of great centre-back partnerships. With Thiago’s quality it rubs off not only on Kurt but any player he is paired with.
“I think he’s helped Kurt and we now need to sustain that level of performance and keep the good run of clean sheets we’re on going. He’s certainly affecting the others.”
Chelsea return to action later today when they take on Sheffield United in the Premier League (5.30pm).
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