Every word Frank Lampard said on Christian Pulisic, Jose Mourinho, Spurs and Roman Abramovich

What is the team news?

The team news is that we are the same as we were. Pulisic is back into contention for fitness. Kai Havertz played some minutes the other day, it is probably more just checking on his potential for match fitness. We are in pretty good shape.

Are you in talks with Thiago Silva over extending his contract by a year?

I have seen the reports and there is an option in Thiago’s contract that we can look at as the season goes on. With the way he is playing at the minute, we are very happy. That is the end of it really, I am surprised it has come out in that way.

It’s not wrong, but you are not saying any more?

There is an option in his contract, yes.

Is this London derby extra special considering the form of both teams?

No, I think Chelsea Tottenham is extra special anyway because of the rivalry between the two teams. I have played in this fixture many times and the fact that we are in good form and towards the top end of the table adds spice. The positions that we want to be in, we are all fighting for those positions so it is a game that remains special for those reasons and the league positions, of course, all eyes will be drawn to it.

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Jose Mourinho has said this is just another game, do you think both clubs are title contenders?

I understand Jose’s answer, that is the position we should be in because the marker that has been set by Liverpool and Manchester City in the last two or three seasons. We are early on in the season really in terms of games so we shouldn’t be getting carried away with our teams. It is good that we are competing high up, but there is such a long way to go that I understand his position, I feel the same about us.

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