Jamie Carragher has responded to criticism from Jose Mourinho, after the ex-Liverpool defender said he thinks Mourinho’s side ‘will never be loved’ following their Champions League exit to Paris St Germain in midweek, reports the Daily Mail.
Chelsea crashed out on away goals after a 2-2 draw on Stamford Bridge, and Mourinho was forced to defend the actions of his players after Carragher and former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness labelled them ‘pathetic’ for the way in which they surrounded the referee and influenced the decision to send off Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Mourinho was scathing of the pair in his pre-match press conference on Friday, claiming both men had selective memories.
Carragher has used his column in the Daily Mail to respond to Mourinho’s comments however, and stands by his claim that sides managed by the Portuguese coach down the years will never be remembered fondly – despite his fantastic record of winning trophies.
He said: ‘Respect for Mourinho’s achievements in the game is beyond doubt. In a few years from now, we could be acknowledging him as the most successful manager of all time, particularly if he keeps picking up a trophy every 35 matches, as is his current remarkable ratio.
But will he be loved? Chelsea fans undoubtedly adore him. Porto and Inter supporters will too. Yet beyond that? It is debatable.
Will he care how he is remembered? I think he will. Deep down, I think everyone in football cares how they are perceived.’
He continued: ‘The behaviour of the teams, of course, doesn’t help either. Chelsea have been likened to the Leeds team from the 1970s but I actually think the way they conducted themselves was worse during Mourinho’s first spell in England. They were prepared to push it further still.’