MNF pundits react to Mourinho analogy to Pulis and Allardyce

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Chelsea boss has been compared to managers of Crystal Palace and West Ham Untied but former stars of Liverpool and Manchester United claim one difference.

Jose Mourinho has recently drawn comparisons to two other Premier League managers who utilise seemingly negative, or primarily defensive-minded, tactics - Crystal Palace chief Tony Pulis and West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce.

However, while the latter two are chastised… once recently even by the Chelsea head coach Mourinho who labeled Allardyce's brand of football "19th century" when the Hammers played for a draw at Chelsea in January, Jose is seemingly praised as a tactical genius.

Speaking on Monday Night Football on Sky Sports, Jamie Carragher explained the difference and it's solely because of their alternative career histories: "Well Mourinho has won the Champions League twice, the Premier League twice, the Spanish title, the Italian league - [the difference is] his CV."

The former Liverpool defender added: "Mourinho criticised Sam Allardyce for 19th century football and we supported Allarydyce as he got the result, we'd support Mourinho when he's criticised but it's up to Mourinho to deal it. But the simple reason he gets praised is because of what's on his CV."

There is also a slight difference between how Chelsea approached the Liverpool game and how West Ham dealt with Chelsea. West Ham only had 28% possession and their lack of adventure was underlined with just one shot attempt. This is in contrast to the Blues on Sunday at Anfield as, even though they had less possession (27%), the still attempted 11 shots on goal, four on target, with two in the net.

Ex Manchester United captain Gary Neville implied that Allarydce should receive praise as whomever he is employed by knows exactly what they are getting: "The reason West Ham kept patience with Sam is they knew where they'd be [clear of relegation by the season's end].

"Mourinho plays the hand he's dealt," he added, returning to the subject of the Blues boss. "If he's not as good as the other team, he'll find a tactic to win it.

"If he had the Chelsea team of 2005 - [Frank] Lampard, [Claude] Makelele, [Damien] Duff, [Arjen] Robben, [Michael] Essien and [Didier] Drogba, he wouldn't have gone to Anfield and played the way he played, but now he's not technically as good as Liverpool so he finds a tactic that will work.

"He's had the second most shots on the league and third most goals - he doesn't play like that every week! He knows this moment in time they're falling short of where he wants them to be. But he'll correct it in the summer."

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