Harry Redknapp makes Chelsea vs Tottenham prediction and hails Frank Lampard
Harry Redknapp has admitted he would have ‘fancied’ Chelsea to beat Tottenham if supporters were allowed inside Stamford Bridge this weekend – but predicts the points will be shared in the much-anticipated London derby.
Though Chelsea sit two points behind second-placed Spurs heading into match, they will be confident of securing victory after six wins on the trot in all competitions under Redknapp’s nephew Frank Lampard.
But Jose Mourinho will also be feeling optomistic as he prepares to take on his former club with Tottenham’s superstar forwards, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, arguably the two outstanding attacking players in the Premier League this season.
Looking ahead to the clash, ex-Tottenham head coach Redknapp told The Sun: ‘The one certainty is it should be a cracking game because both Chelsea and Spurs have got a serious chance of being right up there this season.
‘I’ve said all along that Mourinho has a fantastic squad with cover in every position — and most of them are established internationals as well.
‘But Frank is building a great squad too, he’s getting backing from the owner and I’ve no doubt he will be a massive success.
‘If the fans were allowed in I’d have fancied that to give Chelsea a little edge, but as it is I really can’t split the two teams.
‘It should be a really good battle with all those stars, but if I had to put my house on it I’d go for the draw.’
Redknapp revealed Lampard got the ‘hump’ after Mourinho questioned his touchline behaviour during Chelsea’s 3-3 draw at West Brom – but insisted there was ‘no problem’ between the two managers.
‘Some people have built up that row at the Carabao Cup game into something it’s not ahead of Chelsea playing Spurs again today,’ Redknapp added.
‘I speak to Frank a lot and know he got a bit of the hump after Jose said he didn’t get off the bench when he was losing 3-0 at West Brom, but it was something and nothing.
‘When Mourinho first went to Chelsea, he called Frank into the office and said he was going to make him the best goalscoring midfielder in the world.
‘He gave him so much belief and confidence and has always admitted he owes Jose so much. There’s a lot of respect there.
‘You’ll often get a bit aggy on the touchline. Frank had a bit of a row with Jurgen Klopp as well, but there’s no problem there either.
‘After the game it’s all forgotten, you’ll have a cup of tea or a drink and you just get on with it.’
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