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EXCLUSIVE Jamie Carragher on why Jose Mourinho can silence his critics and his verdict on Roy Keane

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Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho speaks with Spurs midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg following their 2-0 victory against Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho speaks with Spurs midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg following their 2-0 victory against Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho speaks with Spurs midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg following their 2-0 victory against Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Jamie Carragher believes Jose Mourinho is ready to silence his doubters, after guiding Tottenham to the top of the Premier League with almost a quarter of the season now completed.

Tottenham's impressive 2-0 win against Manchester City on Saturday cemented their position as dark horses to challenge for the title under a coach who has already won the trophy three times during his two spells as Chelsea manager.

Despite his relentless success, Mourinho has been written off as a coach after disappointing conclusions to his spells in charge of Chelsea and Manchester United, yet Carragher has told the Sunday World that the two-time Champions League winning tactician is determined to re-establish himself as a champion all over again.

"I don't like when I hear people say the game has moved on from certain managers, I think it's disrespectful considering what someone has done in the game," said former Liverpool defender Carragher, speaking to sundayworld.com at a Sky Sports event.

"The game goes in cycles. Defensive football or counter attacking football, which Jose is associated with, might come back. It might be the fashion again. It's wasn't long against the (Antonio) Conte won the Premier League at Chelsea playing like that and Leicester won the league. To talk about Jose like that is too harsh.

"There is no doubt that the football we see now, the high-energy football is not the football we saw when we won the Champions League under Rafa (Benitez) or when Jose was winning titles with Chelsea. They had a different way.

"I am not one for writing off a style of football or saying this style is right and this style is wrong, but clearly things have changed thanks to managers like Klopp and Guardiola.

"It wasn't that long ago that he won a title with Chelsea in his second spell at the club, but it is just in terms of getting it right and match the teams that play a different way are now winning more consistently."

Following his sacking at Manchester United, Mourinho spent some time as a pundit on Sky Sports, appearing on a number of Super Sundays before replacing Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham. Carragher was full of praise for the insight the Portuguese was able to provide.

"It was great for us to get someone of that quality of manager who is still at the top end of the game on Sky," continued Carragher. "We wanted to get him on Monday Night Football, as I think we could have learned a lot more about him there rather than the Super Sunday studio, as that is a bit more of looking for soundbites and commenting on big stories.

"On a Monday night, we can get into more of the intricacies of the game and that's where I think Mourinho would've been interesting. I'd love to sit down and here Jose taking about that and maybe it's something we can still do."

Carragher also gave us his views on Roy Keane's role at Sky Sports, with the former Manchester United and Ireland captain dividing some opinions with his forthright views as a pundit.

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Yet Carragher believes he males for captivating viewing, as he insisted some of his more colourful views on players and managers add to the debate among viewers.

"People want to watch Roy," he added. "He is box office and that's why we all want to watch him. People are hanging on his every word when he speaks. I'm delighted he is on the Sky team rather than on another channel.

"Micah Richards has come in and he brings something different to the table and it is nice to have fresh energy on the team. It keeps me and Gary on our toes as well because players coming out of football now all want to be in that studio."

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