Jamie Carragher makes a surprise dig at fellow colleague Roy Keane’s recent punditry made on Sky Sports and it all surrounds Tottenham.
Keane has been one of the most passionate critics of the club over the course of the 2020/21 season and was involved in a heated argument with Jamie Redknapp earlier this month.
During the surprise on-air dispute, the Manchester United legend repeatedly highlighted what he sees as “softness in this Spurs team”.
Redknapp had insisted Spurs were still in with a shot of Champions League qualification in the Premier League table.
“They’re still in it. They’re still in the mix,” he said on Sky Sports.
“Obviously it was a bad day for them [against Newcastle] with Liverpool and Chelsea winning. Leicester and West Ham [could] take points off each other today so they are still right in the mix. We’re going to find out a lot, not only about the players but the manager in this period.”
Keane chipped in, saying: “It’s always great to be top of the league in November. It’s a vital time of the season,” he joked, referring to Spurs’ early form, which saw them thrashed Man Utd 6-1 at Old Trafford.
“Oh, right, you want it today, do you? Okay, okay,” said Redknapp in response.
“There were a few people giving them the trophy at that stage though. They had already had the photo taken with the trophy,” he added. “Where did you think they were going to finish?”
“I didn’t think they were going to win the league,” replied Keane.
“Well, I didn’t. I didn’t,” Redknapp adds. “Don’t you start again!”
“Before he [Jose Mourinho] came in and took the job, Spurs had gone a year without winning away from home. So, we all know and we keep repeating ourselves, there is a softness in this Spurs team.”
Redknapp said: “They did get to a Champions League final the year before that, though.”
“Jamie, they got to the Champions League final but they were lucky to get to that final. Getting to the final is like being top of the league in November. They got to the final but they got beaten,” Keane added.
“What are we sitting here and talking about Mourinho for? If you’re getting to a final, the whole point of getting to a final is trying to win the bloody thing.
“And when Mourinho leaves they will still be soft, this Spurs team. That’s down to the players. Spurs have been soft for the last 40 years.”
“Nah, nah. I’m not having that,” replied Redknapp.
“When they got to the Champions League quarter-final with [Gareth] Bale and [Luka] Modric, that was a good team. You can’t say they’re always soft.”
But Keane hit back: “If a quarter-final is success. Then you can have your success.
“They have had some great teams over the last few years as well, under [Mauricio Pochettino],” Redknapp argued. “They’re not as good as United. They haven’t spent like City. They haven’t spent the money those teams have spent.”
Keane also highlighted how the North London outfit have failed in big games over the course of their trophy drought, which goes as far back as 2008.
However Carragher appeared to directly contradict Keane’s claims by insisting Spurs have been “outstanding” during that time.
The ex-Liverpool player told Sky Sports: “In this job I do, a lot of people, a lot of pundits, say ‘typical Spurs’, ‘Spursy’, ‘they’re weak’. I fight against that.
“The reason being is because I think it’s lazy punditry. I do. In the job I’ve been doing I’ve seen some brilliant Spurs teams.
“[They have] Not won the league, not won the Champions League. But being totally honest you wouldn’t expect them to.
“What we saw under [Mauricio] Pochettino for three years was outstanding. What I saw under Harry Redknapp for two, three years was outstanding as well.”
Nonetheless, Carragher said he can understand why Tottenham are often criticised after seeing their underwhelming performance in the Carabao Cup Final on Sunday, with Manchester City winning that 1-0.
He added: “When Spurs fans get upset the reason people speak about them in them terms is because of games like this.
“The last four cup finals they haven’t scored a goal. And this performance is basically why they’re stuck with this tag.
“And I can’t argue for them. And Spurs fans can’t argue for them on the back of this performance. It is on the players. Nothing to do with the manager.”
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