Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time since they take over their rivals, knowing that if Spurs win they will overtake Chelsea in the race for a place in the Champions League next season.
Lampard was in charge of Derby last season when Leeds was caught spying on their training sessions and Mourinho claimed he knew Chelsea would bet three middle back – as with the reverse arrangement in December.
& # 39; I was told they were back to back five, what they normally do if their results aren't the best & # 39 ;, said he.
When asked how he knew that, he replied: & # 39; In the same way that journalists have a lot of news and you don't tell the sources. & # 39;
To increase the pressure on his former midfielder, Mourinho insisted that Lampard should not change his plans despite the alleged leak.
His comments set fire to a game that could be crucial to deciding who finishes in the top four.
The Blues are in pole position, one point ahead of Spurs, despite having won only one league match this year. But after he had not recruited any players last month, Lampard insisted that his side be underdogs in the Champions League qualifying race.
Mourinho rejected that suggestion with the statement: & # 39; Of course, Chelsea is currently favorite for fourth place. & # 39; He added: & # 39; Tottenham, Manchester United, Arsenal, Sheffield United, Wolverhampton, Everton – we are the underdogs. Chelsea has an advantage over all of us. That is obvious. & # 39;
Tottenham goes to Stamford Bridge without a recognized striker. Harry Kane (hamstring) and Son Heung-min (broken arm) are not expected to play much this season.
This week Mourinho compared the fate of Tottenham with & # 39; going to fight with a gun without bullets & # 39; and he has since insisted on the other team in Europe facing such injury problems.
Lampard disagrees. & # 39; I'm not sure if many Premier League teams have sustained our injuries. We had big ones at the start of the season, big ones now in the season. Big, big players for us, & he said. & # 39; He has attacking players, let's do well. Dele Alli, for me, his best season in Tottenham played occasionally with Harry Kane.
& # 39; Lucas Moura last year scored a hat trick in the semifinals of the Champions League and is an incredible talent on the ball. & # 39;
Lampard now misses N & # 39; Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic, while Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi have doubts.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is this season or first in the team, while Antonio Rudiger and Reece James have also fought for fitness in recent months.
We all feel the same as managers. When you have injured big players, you know how much you miss them. But Tottenham also has a large team, "Lampard said.
" I understand his feelings because you want all your top players to be fit. But it doesn't make me think they're weaker, whatever Jose says. I know we have a tough team. & # 39;
Despite his games, Mourinho tried to downplay the meaning of his return, suggesting that it was no different than a visit to another major side. He rejected suggestions that he likes to be the bad guy and liquidate people.
During recent visits to Stamford Bridge, Mourinho experienced hostile receptions and the Spurs boss said this time he & # 39; the usual & # 39; expected. & # 39; That's football, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; On the street I am approached every time by fans of all different clubs – not just the clubs where I have worked before – with care, respect, great feelings. "
In 2018, while in charge of Manchester United, he raised three fingers to the Chelsea crowd, indicating the number of titles he won as Chelsea boss.
& # 39; I won three Premier Leagues, which is nothing special, & he said before the game. & # 39; I know that if I want to go (to Chelsea), I just have to pick up the phone and I will are treated as I deserve … the way the club respects me and people like me who belong to their past.
& # 39; I have no problem with the club at all. & # 39;
& # 39; We treated the game as if it were a final & # 39 ;: Quique Setien says that Barcelona must defeat the struggling Eibar before playing a series of matches that could make or break the club season
- Barcelona faces six of La Liga's 10 best teams in their next 10 league matches
- The Catalans also face Napoli in two legs in the Champions League last-16
- Quique Setien says new signing Martin Braithwaite will begin in the coming weeks
Quique Setien admits Barcelona treat Saturday's visit to struggling Eibar as a cup final as they prepare for a difficult series of matches that are likely to make or break their season.
While Barca is expected to defeat the 16th placed Eibar without many problems, Setien has warned his players not to take the Basque minnows lightly in the Nou Camp.
That is partly so that Barca is not shocked, but also because he wants his team to have the right mentality and momentum in a potentially decisive series of matches.
In their next 11 games after this weekend, Barca has to face top-10 sides Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid and Villarreal in LaLiga, and Napoli meet in two legs in the Champions League past 16.
Athletic Bilbao already beaten from the Copa del Rey and behind Real Madrid in the La Liga title race, Barca knows that they cannot afford many slip-ups if they start the season with silverware I want to close – and Setien is determined to ensure that his focus is correct from the start.
He told a press conference before the game: & # 39; We are focused on this game that we have before we encounter the three or four that become important.
& # 39; We treated the game as if it were a final and we need the three points.
& # 39; That not only allows us to move on, but it will also strengthen us for the upcoming matches.
& # 39; We have to do things well, it's not going to be an easy game. & # 39;
Barca will be injured without Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele and Jordi Alba, but controversial new £ 15 million signing of Martin Braithwaite has been included in an 18-man team. ] The Catalan giants caused a stir this week after receiving special dispensation to draw the Leganes striker outside the transfer window due to the long-term injuries to Suarez and Dembele.
With a trip to Napoli next Tuesday, Setien could decide to give the Denmark international his debut against Eibar, although it is unlikely that he would begin.
Setien said in quotes from AS: & # 39; We will definitely see him start in a game. Maybe it's a bit early now.
& # 39; He has come here in good shape, but there are concepts and things that need to be explained and understood.
& # 39; We hope he will help us a lot. & # 39;
Setien added to his possible line-up this weekend: & # 39; It is true that you have to take into account (the Napoli game), but our first priority is to win this game.
& # 39; We will not reserve anything that will help us win this game. & # 39;
Eibar are now only three poins. free from the relegation zone after all teams among them had gained ground last weekend while their home game against Sociedad was postponed due to poor air quality.
However, they shocked Atletico Madrid just 4 games ago with 2-0 and coach Jose Luis Mendilibar is in an optimistic mood for the trip to the Nou Camp.
He said Thursday: & # 39; I am encouraged by yesterday's training session. We did some exercises and had a game with numerical superiority and I really liked the intensity, and how we defended and attacked.
& # 39; That means that I am going to Barcelona with my head high. & # 39;
& # 39; No one else in the Premier League or even in European football is in such a difficult situation & # 39 ;: Jose Mourinho regrets the magnitude of the Tottenham injury crisis prior to the crucial Chelsea collision
Spurs travel to Chelsea on Saturday afternoon without a senior accredited striker, with neither Harry Kane (hamstring) nor Son Heung-min (broken arm) expected play a major role during the rest of the season.
Tottenham has not won a match in which neither of them has played since January, while Juan Foyth and Moussa Sissoko are also offside while competing for a place in the top four.
Mourinho said he was proud of the way his party closed a 12-point gap to the fourth, but insisted: & it's not about me, if it was about me and I would even choose to move quickly to July 1 and start preseason with my players and without injuries, go to the first week of the Premier League with the same points as everyone else.
& # 39; But it's not about me, it's about the club. The boys have done fantastic to put themselves back in the position where we belong … that fights for the top four … the situation is difficult, no one else in the Premier League or even in European football is in this & # 39; n difficult situation in term of injuries in specific positions. "
After their midweek defeat by RB Leipzig, Mourinho compared Spurs & # 39; plight with going & # 39; to fight with a gun without bullets & # 39 ;.
And on Friday he said he has never had anything so bad had known at his previous clubs.
& # 39; Certainly it happened (but) I don't think so long, & # 39; said Mourinho.
& # 39; I remember playing with Inter, for example, Thiago Motta with central defender. Such situations can happen, but normally it happens once or twice because of major or minor injuries and five yellow cards … this situation for such a long period is very difficult.
& # 39; The position that is, so specific and it is very difficult to find an adjustment for the position of the striker … you cannot say that Davinson Sanchez plays a central role. That's just the way it is. We have to go to the game with everything we have. I am very concerned about the fact that the situation cannot be improved. It can only get worse! & # 39;
He added: & # 39; It is a good test for the resilience and spirit of the players and a unique experience for them. We go together because we will smile next season because we will be in a very different situation. & # 39;
Jordan Henderson faces a race against the time for Atletico Madrid clash while Jurgen Klopp reveals that the Liverpool captain will be out for three weeks with a hamstring injury
Jurgen Klopp said the midfielder has been eliminated for three weeks with a hamstring injury he sustained in the first leg, a 1-0 defeat on Tuesday.
Liverpool host Atletico in Anfield on March 11.
England coach Eddie Jones makes four changes for Six Nations clash against Ireland with Jonathan Joseph set to be the first ever to start on the wing
Eddie Jones created four changes in his team to face Ireland with Jonathan Joseph ready to make his very first start on the wing.
Joseph is a specialized center, but he has been moved to the No. 11 jersey as emergency cover for England's first game back at Twickenham since the World Cup.
Joseph wins his 50th cap and Jonny May and Elliot Daly will return three in a new look.
ENGLAND START XV
15 Elliot Daly (Saracens, 41 caps)
14 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 54 caps)
13 Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 41 caps)
12 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 81 caps) C
11 Jonathan Joseph ( Bath Rugby, 49 caps)
10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 67 caps)
9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 97 caps)
1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 69 caps)
2 Jamie Georg and (Saracens, 47 caps)
3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 33 caps)
4 Maro Itoje (Saracens, 36 caps)
5 George Cross (Saracens, 43 caps)
6 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 83 caps)
7 Sam Underhill ( Bath Rugby, 17 caps)
8 Tom Curry (sales sharks, 21 caps)
As revealed by Sportsmail are Joe Marler, Ben Youngs and Manu Tuilagi also returned to the start XV for the first time since the opening game in France.
But with George Furbank wounded, Joseph is the most eye-catching selection – and he will undoubtedly be lightly tested by Ireland half-backs Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton.
& # 39; We have had a really good training week with Thursday probably our best session of the Guinness Six Nations, "said Jones.
" Ireland is a very good team, very well coached . They are a team that we greatly respect. They will bring their usual physicality and under Andy Farrell they have opened their game a bit.
& # 39; They are a tactically smart team. Murray and Sexton, who have played 170 Tests between them, at nine and ten will manage the game well. We have to make sure that we match their physicality and their emotions during the weekend.
& # 39; We trained at Twickenham Stadium for 10,000 fans last Friday and we can't wait to get back 80,000 people on Sunday. & # 39;
Chelsea gave significant boost to crucial Tottenham collision because Tammy Abraham is “fit after ankle injury recovery”.
- Tammy Abraham missed Chelsea's 2-0 defeat by Manchester United on Monday
- Abraham was unable to train under construction to United clash due to an ankle injury
- He is now back and ready to lead the line against London rivals Tottenham
The Chelsea striker missed his 2-0 defeat on Monday by Manchester United but he was in full training for Saturday's collision on Stamford Bridge.
The Times report Abraham was taken out of training as a precautionary measure in the run-up to their competition conflict with Manchester United and he did not recover on time.
The news of his return will delight manager Frank Lampard if Michy Batshuayi did not take his chance against the Red Devils.
The Belgian lost two chances in the first half, while the goal of Olivier Giroud was excluded due to offside by VAR when Manchester United was 2-0.
Tottenham has its own injury problems, because Harry Kane and Son Heung-min suffer from hamstring and arm respectively.
& # 39; It is a lack of respect & # 39 ;: France strikes back in Wales claiming that they will CHEAT in the scrum for the Six Nations clash because they have a & # 39; childish attack & # 39;
- France were angry at Welsh prop Wyn Jones who suggested they would cheat
- Les Blues boss Fabien Galthie said it was a lack of was respect for the French rugby
- ] They also asked the treatment of Wales from half of Dan Biggar who was fit passed
- The WRU sought advice after having suffered three major battles in five months
Prop Wyn Jones made the charge on Tuesday and Les Bleus boss Fabien Galthie responded by saying: & # 39; It is a lack of respect for our scrum, for our team, for the French rugby, for our nation. & # 39;
And team manager Raphael Ibanez added: & # 39; It was a blatant, childish attack. & # 39;
The former wasp hooker added that he could criticize Wale's treatment of Dan Biggar, who was fit after the WRU had obtained expert advice because the flying half had been hit three times in five months.
& # 39; We could also doubt the fate of their fly half off several times but managed the concussion protocol managed by the Welsh federation, "added Ibanez.
Wales boss Wayne Pivac said:" We went to a world leader in concussion, who saw Dan at the World Cup. All precautions have been taken and he has been released to play. & # 39;
Wayne Pivac wisely trusts Wales will overcome French flair in Six Nations clash after choosing the most experienced lineup to choose the championship with 859 caps between them
- Wayne Pivac says experienced line-up will help his side make a faster start
- Pivac believes that temperament of experienced players is crucial in pressure situations
- Ross Moriarty and Gareth Davies replace Aaron Wainwright and Tomos Williams
Wayne Pivac believes that his wise Wales has the French flair will overcome. on Saturday in the Six Nations after he had chosen the most experienced line-up to decorate the championship.
His XV before the match has a total of 859 caps in store – the Italian side of 2012 that Scotland faces 822 in the team – as much as 629 more than the French team.
Pivac may be new to his role, just like most of his back room team, but with Alun Wyn Jones – at 136 Welsh caps – George North won his 94th, Dan Biggar and Leigh Halfpenny in the 80s and Taulupe Faletau and Justin Tipuric set up their 75th, he says savviness will pay.
& # 39; Hopefully means a lot this weekend, "said Pivac.
" If we can get off to a good start, we are a bit slow out of the blockades, then that experience will hopefully come through for us and test some of the inexperienced players on their side .
& # 39; In tight games, at moments of pressure, you cannot surpass the experience. We have a number of players there who have played in these tight games in recent years and have appeared on the right side of the ledger.
& # 39; We know what it takes and hopefully it won't come to one game at the end of the game, but with these games and the way they have gone in recent years, who knows. We are very happy that we have that experience in the team. & # 39;
WALES: Halfpenny; North, Tompkins, Parkes, Adams; Biggar, G Davies; W Jones, Owens, Lewis, Ball, AW Jones, Moriarty, Tipuric, Faletau (8).
FRANCE: Bouthier; Thomas, Vakatawa, Vincent, Fickou; Ntamack, Dupont; Baille, Marchand, Haouas, Le Roux, Willemse, Cros, Ollivon, Alldritt (8).
Pivac made two changes to the party that lost to Ireland and brought in Ross Moriarty for Aaron Wainwright on the blindside flank and Gareth Davies for Tomos Williams on scrum-half.
Biggar is fit – as expected – recovered from concussion. He was passed fit after the WRU had obtained expert advice, since the flying half had been hit three times in five months.
On the couch, Pivac has added Rob Evans and the uncapped Wasp lock Will Rowlands.
But for the most part he has kept faith in his team – especially the under-attacked George North.
Wales & # 39; s second top try-scorer of all time has come under barrages of criticism from fans who have suggested that he is purely praised for reputation after a number of out-of-kind displays recently.
But Pivac threw his weight behind North support the winger to make a big impact.
& # 39; He has the bit between his teeth, & said the New Zealander.
There are a few people who have given him a little criticism, but he has played 90 odd tests and he has 40 attempts.
& # 39; He is a handful when on it. Our job is to involve him in the game and we want to do that as much as possible.
& # 39; He works very hard, communicates well and is a senior man in the group. We encourage that. I expect a big game from George.
& # 39; I know he really likes going outside and playing well. Certainly with one of the squadrons, their performances are not due to a lack of hard work, will and desire.
& # 39; He certainly shows that, and if he were not, he would not be selected. & # 39; The recent record of Wales against the French is fantastic – winning eight of the last nine and all the tests in Cardiff since 2010.
For the most part, victories have come when they have kept their heads while everyone in France loses theirs. That has been a specific theme in the last two games.
In the sixties, Six Nations France was 16-0 at half-time and managed to donate Wales attempts and lost 24-19, and when in the World Cup quarter-final they were ahead before Seb Vahaamahina was sent for Wainwright's elbows in the face. They collapsed and Wales won with a point with a late attempt.
So despite winning their first two in the Six Nations, is there still a French brain explosion around the corner?
& # 39; I watched Antoine Dupont kick the ball over the dead-ball line with a minute over England , & # 39; said Pivac.
& # 39; Things like that don't help but I think they have some very good players.
& # 39; To win championships you must have world class players and they have a few, so they become very dangerous.
& # 39; This Saturday is a great test for both teams.
& # 39; For us it is to keep us alive in the championship and for France it is their first race away.
& # 39; We know we have better performance in us. & # 39;
Naomi Osaka sets up US Open third round clash with Coco Gauff while Colin Kaepernick and Kobe Bryant cheer champion in routine win
- Naomi conquered Magda Linette 6-2, 6-4 to reach the US Open third round
- Champion had star power from Colin Kaepernick and Kobe Bryant cheering
- Osaka will take on American teen sensation Coco Gauff in her next match
Naomi Osaka hit a forehand winner in the open court, Colin Kaepernick and Kobe Bryant get up in applause.
Osaka has power in her strokes and star power in her corner.
The defending US Open champion moved in the third round Thursday with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Magda Linette, setting up a third round confrontation with Coco Gauff.
With Kaepernick and Bryant, her team are sitting on sl a few rows from the court of the Louis Armstrong Stadium, Osaka has played her game and waited to see if 15-year-old Gauff would win her match.
& # 39; For me, when I hear people talking about someone, I want to get the chance to play them, just to judge it for myself, & said Osaka.
Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began kneeling three years ago during the anthem before the games, worked in the area hoping to get another shot in the NFL. Bryant, the retired NBA superstar, came to the US Open for a new book & # 39; Legacy and the Queen & # 39; to promote that he came up with and supported Osaka.
Osaka said Thursday that it was the first time she met Kaepernick, although she developed a friendship with Bryant.
& # 39; It's just funny for me, & # 39; said Osaka. & # 39; You know, last year compared to this year, Kobe can't be in my box. Yes, Kaepernick too. & # 39;
Osaka was grateful for their presence, she said, and motivated to win quickly so that she would not stay in the sun for too long.
She gave The No 1 seed enough to cheer along the way, especially the forehand winner at breakpoint who gave her a 4-3 lead in the second set after Linette took the first three games.
Gauff had to face the qualifying match Timea Babos in the opening night game at Armstrong, where she took her first US Open main table victory on Tuesday against Anastasia Potapova, who came from behind, just as she continued to do during her run to the fourth round from Wimbledon in July.
& # 39; It's amazing at that age, & # 39; Bryant said. "Not just the skills she possesses, but the balance."
As Osaka continued, another two-time Grand Slam champion was eliminated when No. 6 Petra Kvitova was upset by Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-4. Wimbledon champion Simona Halep tried to prevent her from falling when she played Thursday afternoon.
Rafael Nadal and his upset filled lower half of the men's draw were in action Thursday, along with a number of games that were postponed one day due to the rain that devastated most of Wednesday's schedule. No. 1945513. 5 Daniil Medvedev and No. 6 Alexander Zverev avoided the disturbances that have already removed half of the top 12 seeds on the men's side. Medvedev beat Hugo Dellien 6-3, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3. Zverev defeated Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in a match that lasted 3 hours and 9 minutes.
Other early winners included No. 15 Bianca Andreescu, No. 16 Johanna Konta and No. 20 Sofia Kenin, all of whom won in straight sets. On 12 Anastasija Sevastova, the semi-final last year in Flushing Meadows, Iga Swiatek rallied in three sets.
REVEALED: RB Leipzig LOST a box of shirts en route to their Champions League clash with Tottenham … meaning Timo Werner was carrying another sponsor for teammates
- Leipzig lost a box of matchday shirts on their way to Tottenham
- It meant that Timo Werner and a select pair of shirts had to be worn with different sponsors
- Werner and Christopher Nkunku wore a full-color sponsor strip for the second half
- Boss Julian Nagelsmann confirmed the confusion in his post-match conference
- Leipzig won the match thanks to a second half Werner penalty
RB Leipzig was the victim of lost luggage on Wednesday after they arrived in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with a number of incomplete match day shirts for their Champions League collision with Spurs.
The mix left Timo Werner, Lukas Klostermann and Christopher Nkunku wearing the Leipzig absence strip with a monochrome Red Bull sponsor while their teammates had full-color branding for the game.
However, after the break, Werner and Nkunku were able to exchange shirts for don the kit with a colorful sponsor, while Klostermann saved the back and white sponsor version.
] Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann confirmed in his press conference after the match that the club had indeed lost a box of shirts at the airport after landing in England.
Many fans noticed the discrepancy during the first 45 minutes, where Leipzig ran the hosts in the aimless first half.
The German side, however, did not give in and was awarded a penalty after a clumsy mistake by Ben Davies in the box.
Werner stepped up to change the penalty. with the famous red and yellow logo on the front of his shirt.
On Thursday it was also confirmed that the black and white shirt sponsor of Leipzig is in fact the kit registered with UEFA.
It is the Leipzig kit that has won for previous encounters in the Champions League and will be the strip they will use for future away matches in the competition.