Chelsea boss Frank Lampard issues Mason Mount challenge ahead of Tottenham clash

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has laid out a fresh challenge for Mason Mount ahead of this weekend’s clash against Tottenham. The Blues face Jose Mourinho’s men on Sunday in a big Premier League clash with Spurs top of the table. The two London sides are looking to launch a title challenge this campaign.

Mount has been told to add more goals and assists to his game by Lampard ahead of the weekend.

Chelsea emerged 2-1 winners over Rennes after late drama in the Champions League to secure qualification from their group.

The first goal came as a result of Mount’s brilliant vision, setting up Callum Hudson-Odoi with a magnificent ball over the top.

That was his first assist in the Champions League as Rennes went on to equalise only for Olivier Giroud to grab the winner in injury time.

Mount has been an ever-present for Chelsea this season but has scored just once, with Tuesday night’s match seeing his second assist of the campaign.

Lampard insisted he was over the moon with the England international’s form recently.

But he has told the 21-year-old to up his tally in terms of stats – with a big clash against Spurs coming up.

When asked about Mount’s form, he told BT Sport: “Really pleased with it.

“With Mason, there’s been a lot of talk and I think it just has to go away – any sort of negative talk.

“His performance has been outstanding and everyone can see what he means to me and what he gives on the pitch, the way he works off the ball, the quality he has.

“I think he can probably score more goals and make more assists.

“But at the same time, the assist you saw tonight and the quality of pass for Callum’s finish was top class.”

Chelsea face Tottenham at a time when they are looking like possible title contenders.

Spurs are top of the table while Lampard’s side sit third and he admitted that the preparation will start on Thursday as he gives his men a well-earned day off.

He said: “We have to prioritise the game in front of us but we’re aware of where we are in the league and that Sunday is a big game.

“It always will be because of the rivalry and they are a great team and now it’s just about preparing well.

“They’ll have a day off tomorrow and then come Thursday morning we’ll start thinking about Spurs properly.”


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