Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has rejected Jose Mourinho’s claims that Spurs are just a “pony” in the Premier League title race.
Tottenham ground out a turgid goalless draw at Chelsea on Sunday, shutting out Lampard’s Blues for a hard-earned point.
The result saw Spurs move back to the top of the Premier League table, while Chelsea remain in third place, two points off the summit.
Despite his side sitting pretty at the top of the table, Mourinho has claimed that Chelsea are much bigger title contenders than his Spurs outfit.
“They are one of the biggest contenders, there is no doubt about that. I believe that for them it is not a problem at all to be two points behind us and Liverpool – and if Leicester win, I believe they are also with the same points as us,” Mourinho said.
“I don’t think it’s a problem for Chelsea. They know how powerful they are, they know the squad they have, and they know that this is a long, long run. And they also know that Tottenham is not a candidate.
“We are not even in the race. We are not a horse. I don’t know the word in English, but the small, young horses. A pony. We are just a pony.
“And you see the difference. Joe Rodon was playing for Swansea, Thiago Silva was for many, many years – and he still is – one of the best centre-backs in the world. And maybe one month of Thiago’s salary pays one year of Joe’s salary. So, calm.”
After being told about Mourinho’s comments, Lampard responded: “It’s Jose’s call to say it how he sees it from his end, but from the outside they’re top of the league or very close to the top.
“If we’re contenders then they have to be contenders. I think if you’ve got Harry Kane and Son in your team – Son’s got nine goals, Harry’s got seven – they keep clean sheets well because of the organisation of their team, they would expect to be in the race.
“They’ve invested heavily, they’ve got people like Gareth Bale sitting on the bench, Dele Alli’s not here, there’s a strong squad there. So I think we’re all competing, but Jose can say it as he sees it.”