Arsenal and Liverpool legends run the rule over Jose Mourinho
Jamie Carragher, Martin Keown and Jamie Redknapp describe Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in three words
Jamie Carragher, Martin Keown and Jamie Redknapp have all branded Jose Mourinho a “winner” as the trio discuss the Chelsea manager’s biggest character traits.
The Daily Mail pundits were set the challenge of describing the controversial and outspoken 53-year-old in three words for their latest column for the British media outlet.
He is hungry for trophies, his team knows how to handle big games and that combination makes them irresistible
The Blues manager criticised Redknapp earlier this season after the former Liverpool captain criticised the west London side’s gamesmanship during their clash with Paris Saint-Germain.
Unsurprisingly, the retired England midfielder described the Portuguese coach as “paranoid, genius, winner” after the Premier League leaders played out a goalless draw with Arsenal at The Emirates on Sunday.
“Above all else, Jose is a winner. He doesn’t care how he does it, it’s in his blood.
“He’s not everybody’s cup of tea but you cannot deny his unbelievable record. He is the mastermind behind the success and has transformed this side by extracting every last drop of effort out of his players.
“It’s a team effort and everyone deserves credit, especially the accountants, selling David Luiz to bring in Diego Costa, while Cesc Fabregas was the best piece of business that’s ever been done in football.
“But Jose is the one who ties it all together. He has got Chelsea back to where they want to be.”
Arsenal legend Keown, who enjoyed success with the north Londoners before Mourinho started his Chelsea dominance, opted to brand the former Real Madrid boss as “driver, obsessive, winner”.
Carragher, on the other hand, experienced many tussles with the Chelsea across all competitions during Mourinho’s first spell at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to Daily Mail, the former Liverpool defender said: “Ruthless. Efficient. Winner.
“Mourinho had it all to lose when he came back to Chelsea.
“Had he gone two seasons without winning the Premier League, you would have found Roman Abramovich thinking about making a change again but there has never been any doubt they would get the job done this season.
“He is hungry for trophies, his team knows how to handle big games and that combination makes them irresistible.”