Jose Mourinho has opened up a fresh Spygate row by hinting that he knows Frank Lampard’s team for today’s battle at Stamford Bridge. The Chelsea manager was furious when he was at Derby after Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa got one of his staff to spy on a behind-closed-doors training session.
Mourinho’s sources are thought to be a mole at the club he managed to three Premier League successes in two spells – although the Portuguese was keeping his cards close to his chest.
In his main conference, he had been asked about the previous game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium earlier this season when Lampard had experimented with three centre-backs.
“Tomorrow the same,” Mourinho said.
“I was told it would be the same.”
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Bielsa was fined £200,000 by the EFL for his own transgressions after admitting he had sent somebody to watch all of Leeds’ opponents train.
The EFL also introduced a specific rule banning teams from watching opponents train within 72 hours of a match except by explicit invitation.
The Premier League did not follow suit – but depending on Chelsea’s reaction, Mourinho may well be asked to explain his comments.
Mourinho has also given an update on Moussa Sissoko and expects him to play again this season.
“I think Moussa will give us some matches this season,” he said.
“He went outside, started a little bit and next week he will have a different phase of his recovery.
“I’m optimistic, but realistic about his situation. I would expect Moussa to be playing a few weeks of football with us.
“In normal conditions, we are going to have him back by the end of March, beginning of April.”
Last five meetings
26 December, 2019 – Spurs 0-2 Chelsea – Premier League
27 February, 2019 – Chelsea 2-0 Spurs – Premier League
24 January, 2019 – Chelsea 2-1 Spurs (4-2 on penalties) – Carabao Cup semi-final, second leg
8 January, 2019 – Spurs 1-0 Chelsea – Carabao Cup semi-final, first leg
24 November, 2018 – Spurs 3-1 Chelsea – Premier League