After Jose Mourinho suggested that he copied Antonio Conte in Chelsea's 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, Frank Lampard has denied the claims.
A first-half brace by Willlian ensured that Chelsea walked away 2-0 winners and solidified their position in the top four heading into Chrismas.
Lampard rolled out a 3-4-3 formation in the clash against Spurs, a system similar to the one Conte used to lift the Premier League title in his first season back in 2017.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of their clash against Southampton, Lampard denied that he copied Conte, "No, it didn’t factor in at all.
"I don’t know if I want to go through all the players, but I’m sure half of them weren’t here [in Conte’s time]. I know [Fikayo] Tomori wasn’t, [Mason] Mount wasn’t, [Tammy] Abraham wasn’t, and I’m not trying to clone anyone’s system.
"I think Conte’s system was an incredible one that won the league at Chelsea, but the way I play it and the message I give is different.
"It’s not as simple as if you play 3-4-3 you’re cloning somebody else, otherwise you’d all be cloning each other. It was more a question of 'Can this system help us defensively and offensively against Tottenham and the way they play?'
"It was my choice to play it, not to do with whether players understand it. Having said that, the players took the plan on incredibly well as we all saw."