Mourinho predictably coy over supposed Chelsea tactical leak

Date published: Saturday 22nd February 2020 8:48

Jose Mourinho Tottenham

Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho would not reveal who told him Chelsea’s tactics for their Premier League game on Saturday.

Mourinho divulged in his pre-match press conference that he had been informed of Frank Lampard’s intention to play with five at the back for the lunchtime clash at Stamford Bridge.

When asked about his informant, he said: “The same way you have a lot of news and you don’t tell the sources.”

Mourinho could just be taking an educated guess, given Lampard deployed those tactics in December’s 2-0 win in the reverse fixture.

The Portuguese added: “Tomorrow the same. I was told the same. I was told they were back to a back five which is what they normally do when their results are not the best.

“They did that when they went to Lille, they did that when they came to us, a system they played for a few of us, and are very comfortable with.

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“It is a system very adapted to their routine and the qualities of their players, but they have so many options that they can do what the manager decides to do.

“At the moment we don’t have many options to think in the game on the tactical approach.

“We have what we have, with the players I have available, we have to try to build a competitive team.”

 

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