Chelsea manager Frank Lampard responded to Jose Mourinho’s comments because of their tight fixture schedule that Tottenham will have to sacrifice this season’s Carabao Cup, insisting that his side would continue to take the competition seriously.

Spurs drew 1-1 with Newcastle on Sunday and played Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, before facing Maccabi Haifa two days later in the Europa League playoffs.

However, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has dismissed the concerns of his former boss, maintaining that every team has to deal with fixture congestion and adding that Tottenham’s intensity in depth can help them get by.

“Because of the Europa League, I know it’s a busy time for Tottenham,” Lampard told the Mirror.

“For both of us, it’s a busy time. Last week, they had a free mid-week. We didn’t. This week, I know they have a busy week. But when I consider Tottenham and know the squad they have, and evaluate what would be a team that might not have played almost 90 minutes yesterday. They have a great squad, so I think it will be really powerful for any squad Jose is going to put out.”

“The Carabao Cup has its place for teams such as ourselves and Tottenham, who are vying for the top four and the Champions League, and we appreciate it and we will try and win any tournament we go in.”

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