Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted that ‘the handbrake was up’ in his side’s 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur but believes they did enough to win the game.
If the Blues had been able to get the win, they would have gone top of the league but the draw means it is Jose Mourinho ‘s side who are leading the way, ahead of Liverpool on goal difference.
Reflecting on the game in an interview with Sky Sports, Lampard said: “It went as I sort of expected. I thought we’d have a lot of possession. We created enough to win the game.
Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard are both eyeing the Premier League title
“The clean sheet factor against a side set up to counter-attack – that was excellent. We didn’t give Kane or Son a sniff. Goalkeeper makes a great save from Mason Mount.
“Oli Giroud gets his chance. He won us the game midweek and is the man you want is those positions so I can’t be too critical. We dominated the game possession wise.
Neither Chelsea or Tottenham were able to score
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“This Tottenham team make it hard for you so the way we handled it was brilliant. In the end of the season it will all come together on if this was a good point or not.
“I am happy with the clean sheet but in actual game play we should win it. The players did everything I asked from them but we didn’t get that last bit.
“Another day, with the attacking players we have. Sometimes you need a bit of magic from your creative players. The handbrake was a tiny bit up but in a good way.”
Mourinho praised his side’s mentality after the game, saying: “A draw here is usually a positive thing. My dressing room is not happy. That is the best thing. It is fantastic. It is a complete change of mentality and personality.”