Lampard has dig at Tottenham as he delivers verdict on whether they can overhaul Chelsea
By Harry Sykes
Frank Lampard does not believe Tottenham are capable of overhauling Chelsea in the Premier League title race.
The Stamford Bridge great claimed on Sunday the title is “nearly done” for Antonio Conte’s side after they maintained their seven-point lead over Spurs with seven matches of the campaign remaining.
Lampard had a dig at Tottenham, who have won six consecutive matches, by questioning whether they are the type of side who can win all their remaining fixtures.
Tottenham demolished Watford 4-0 in Saturday’s lunchtime Premier League clash to temporarily reduce the gap to four points and ramp up the pressure on Chelsea ahead of the evening kick-off at Bournemouth.
But the west Londoners hit back by flying into an early two-goal lead on the south coast before going on to secure a 3-1 triumph.
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It meant the leaders had secured a second victory of the week and ended the day where they started it, with a seven-point lead over second-placed Tottenham.
It represents a major blow to Spurs’ hopes of ending their 55-year title wait although Mauricio Pochettino is adamant he and his players are aiming to continue asking questions of their rivals.
“I don’t like to tempt fate but I think it’s nearly done,” Lampard told Sky Sports 1’s Goals on Sunday programme.
“Can Chelsea lose enough games and can Tottenham win all their games? I think it’s a big ask. I think Chelsea will carry on and get enough wins themselves.
“I don’t see Tottenham are the type of team that can keep winning right until the end so, for me, it’s Chelsea’s.”
Spurs convincingly swept Watford aside, with a Heung-Min Son double and sublime goals from Dele Alli and Eric Dier steering Pochettino’s team to a sixth consecutive victory.
Tottenham are five points ahead of third-placed Liverpool with a game in hand and well placed to secure their first top-finish of the 25-year Premier League era.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the London giants have won the race to sign a 32-goal striker who has taken the league by storm.