Jose Mourinho returns to familiar surroundings on Saturday afternoon seeking revenge.
The Portuguese coach has of course been in Stamford Bridge’s visiting dugout before with both Man Utd and Inter Milan, but this time around he’s at the helm of Tottenham, who were outclassed by Frank Lampard’s Blues back in December.
Mourinho will be without both Harry Kane and the in-form Son Heung Min for the foreseeable future, meaning ‘The Special One’ will be looking for a replacement outlet for goals in order to maintain his charge for a Champions League spot.
Meanwhile, Lampard will be hoping to bounce back after a disappointing defeat at home to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man Utd, with the young boss on the lookout for his second win over Mourinho in the space of two months, and third overall.
Below we take a look at the main talking points ahead of the crunch clash in the capital...
Jose Mourinho’s Record vs Chelsea
In total Mourinho has faced his former employers a total of 10 times: four wins, one draw and five defeats.
He’s failed to win any of the last three encounters and has yet to taste three points at Stamford Bridge with another English club. In fact, Mourinho’s last win at the Bridge came during his time at Inter Milan in the Champions League when, crucially, he opted for a 4-3-3 defensive formation, something that he has not done in any of his previous defeats away from home.
Could he adopt this style again this weekend and finally grab an overdue win away at Chelsea?
Frank Lampard has a 100% winning record against Jose Mourinho
Frank Lampard’s Record vs Top-Six
So far this season Lampard’s young guns have taken seven points from a possible 21 against the traditional ‘Top-Six’, all of which have been registered in the last two months. There was the aforementioned triumph over Mourinho, plus four points from two games against Arsenal.
Lampard’s Blues saw the gap between themselves and Spurs close to just a single point last weekend, but should they claim the win on Saturday they will reopen a four-point advantage.
Should they then go on and claim a Champions League spot it would be a very respectable achievement for Lampard given the club’s summer transfer ban, and the loss of star man Eden Hazard.
Chelsea’s best run of form this season has been when Lampard has employed a 4-2-3-1 formation. This has only been used once this calendar year - in their 2-2 draw away at Leicester - and with the reported return of the club’s top scorer, Tammy Abraham, this could be their preferred set up against a Spurs side struggling for options in attack.
The Master Being Mastered
Mourinho and Lampard have only gone head-to-head twice, but it’s the apprentice who boasts a 100% record over the master in the managerial arena, having already got the better of Mourinho at both Chelsea and Derby.
Granted, Lampard’s Rams needed penalties to dislodge Man Utd in the duo’s first encounter, but there was no doubting the manner of the dominant 2-0 victory late last year.
Should Lampard condemn his former boss to another defeat then he’d remarkably have more Premier League wins over Mourinho than Arsene Wenger, who beat his old foe just once in 15 top-flight clashes.