Brendan Rodgers has hit out at Jose Mourinho critics saying they lack respect for a world-class manager.
Since Mourinho was appointed Spurs manager, he has taken the North London side from 14th to seventh in the Premier League. They now have hopes of securing European football with two games remaining.
However, the Portuguese manager has come under criticism for his style of play or lack of it. Many claim the 57-year-old is past it and has made Spurs a bore to watch. Brendan Rodgers doesn’t agree.
Leicester and Tottenham meet in the Premier League later on Sunday and the Foxes boss only has respect for his former colleague. Rodgers worked under Mourinho at Chelsea as a youth coach and would of course knows more than most about the Spurs boss.
He has now hit out as criticism to Mourinho as unnecessary and lack of respect.
“It’s a lack of respect – normally from people who have never stood on the sidelines.” Rodgers said as per the Mirror.
“Jose’s an outstanding manager. He’s still got many years left. Up until now, he’s been hugely successful.”
“Football evolves and changes. You still have room for different types of it and Jose is a master of getting his teams organised, making them difficult to beat – and winning football matches.”
“There’s different ways, different philosophies, different identities. There’s no right or wrong but he’s proven over many years that he’s successful.”
“He will be looking to bring success to Tottenham, for sure. Sometimes, people now listen to the last word and are looking for other things.”
The outcome of the game between Leicester and Tottenham could bring different fortunes for both managers. For Rodgers, it could take his side one step closer to securing Champions League football. For Mourinho, a defeat could leave any hope of European football hanging by a thread.