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Ian Wright makes prediction ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Tottenham and defends ‘fantastic’ Mason Mount


Frank Lampard takes on former boss Jose Mourinho on Sunday afternoon (Picture: Getty)

Ian Wright has made his prediction ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Stamford Bridge this weekend and hit out at the ‘really unfair’ criticism aimed at Mason Mount, who he believes is having a ‘fantastic’ season for Chelsea.

Third-placed Chelsea sit two points behind top-of-the-table Spurs heading into Sunday’s heavyweight encounter but will be confident of a result at home to their bitter London rivals after six wins on the bounce in all competitions.

And while Frank Lampard’s big-money summer signings are beginning to click into gear, academy product Mount has held his own with a string of outstanding performances for his boyhood club.

Wright believes Mount has had a ‘fantastic’ start to the campaign for Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has had plenty of doubters since his breakthrough at Chelsea and Lampard has repeatedly had to fend off accusations of favouritism over the last few weeks, which has angered Wright.

‘You can see what Mason Mount does and you can see why Mason Mount will play, whether it’s for Gareth Southgate or Frank Lampard,’ the legendary ex-Arsenal and England striker told Optus Sport.

‘He’s having a fantastic season and it’s really unfair the way he’s being portrayed as a teacher’s pet.

‘He earns his position because of what he does in the games.’

Wright has predicted Sunday’s clash between Chelsea and Spurs will end in a draw (Picture: Getty)

Asked for his prediction ahead of Sunday’s match, Wright said: ‘I’m going to go with a draw, probably 2-2 or something.

‘I fancy a draw in that game.’

Tottenham sit two points above Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table (Picture: Getty)

Tottenham are also in a rich vein of form leading up to the game – with four victories in their last four top-flight games – and Wright reckons Jose Mourinho has found the winning formula since taking over the reins from Mauricio Pochettino.

‘I think the Tottenham players will be delighted with what’s going on now because what they did under Mauricio Pochettino was fantastic, but is showing another way. This is Mourinho’s way, this is how he does it,’ Wright continued.

‘When you look at the way they’re playing, you look at [Sergio] Reguilon, I think he’s an upgrade on [Ben] Davies. I think [Matt] Doherty is an upgrade on [Serge] Aurier. He’s brought in two good players there to help with the forward play.

‘When you look at [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg’s numbers, it’s not only the fact that he can break things up but it’s his passing and possession, his tackles, the amount of fouls he commits… he somebody that’s doing that job that Mourinho wants.

‘When you’re playing against teams like Manchester City or Arsenal or even Chelsea, who will try and come at you, why not do what Tottenham are doing? It’s very effective. If you don’t pick up Harry Kane and you’ve got runners behind.

‘Against City, they totally exposed them with the quality. The ball [Tanguy] Ndombele put in, Harry Kane’s great movement in front, Son [Heung-min] going beyond. I think that works for them.

‘I’d be interested to see the Tottenham fans in there now because that works.

‘The way they are playing works and it looked pretty good against Manchester City the other day.’

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