Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have praised the way Jose Mourinho went about getting a result at Liverpool.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher branded Jose Mourinho the ‘King of 19th Century football’ last night on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football as he and Gary Neville analysed Chelsea’s weekend win at Anfield.
Mourinho coined the term earlier this season following Chelsea's game against West Ham where the Hammers used the exact approach Chelsea took to anfield last weekend.
Rather than lay into the Chelsea boss over his negative tactics aimed purely at getting a result rather than entertaining, Carragher said “Mourinho shouldn’t feel embarrassed” about the way his side went about their 2-0 win.
Chelsea went in with a very clear game plan against Liverpool, with a number of key points which were designed to nullify the key components of Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Neville chipped in during the analysis, stating “He plays the hand he’s dealt with the players he has available – He knows how to kill off a game and work it to his advantage.”
Very few Chelsea fans will be aggrieved with the way Mourinho went about getting the win against Liverpool because it’s revitalised their chances of securing a domestic and European double.
The challenge for Liverpool is how they react to the same challenge, which they are likely to be faced with as they themselves try to win the league.
Crystal Palace and Newcastle United would have watched the way that Chelsea played and how they kept key Liverpool stars out of the game, likely to copy that approach over the last two games of the season.
Whether they have the same discipline to get a result as Chelsea remains to be seen but it’s set the title race up to go down to the final game of the season.
Neville stressed that patience is a key virtue for Liverpool when they are faced with similar tactics.
“I said four minutes injury time was a mountain of time and I stand by it – Liverpool need to probe and play to their strengths rather than go for the easy long ball.”
There are going to be some big European nights at Anfield next season where experienced European sides come to Anfield with the same tactics and ideas that Chelsea displayed over the weekend.
Brendan Rodgers has now got to rise to that challenge both domestically and in Europe next year.