Brendan Rodgers has claimed that he was right to criticise Jose Mourinho’s tactics in Chelsea’s victory over Liverpool last weekend, but admits he has phoned his former mentor to congratulate him on toppling his Liverpool side.
Mourinho has defended his tactics
as he believes it was the only way he could get his side to take the points, having come in for a raft of criticism for the defensive way he set his team out at both Anfield and the away leg against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-final.
Rodgers says he has the utmost respect for Mourinho and the way he achieves results, but has no regrets about his words directly after the game, feeling they were fully justified.
Rodgers told reporters
, “I was a bit frustrated, but I don’t regret what I said.
“I am big enough to respect the man Jose is and the manager he is. He is a great man, I know that. It was never personal; it was a professional look at the game.
“I am never one to say that my way is the best way. I have huge appreciation for the way he works and his team. But I still think what I said was right, I knew exactly what I was saying.”
Rodgers also defended his lack of a ‘Plan B’ when his preferred style does not go to plan, claiming that adding a six-foot plus striker would not help his team in pursuing their ambitions.
“I get the stuff about having a plan B or C all the time, but if people think we need to get a six-foot five-inch striker, then they are wrong.
“It is clear to me that my methods work. On any given day, sometimes it doesn’t.
“I have said that if we don’t win the title this season it will be because of a mistake or a bit of bad luck – and that’s what happened against Chelsea.
“But the message I gave to the players was to not grieve over the result, because that’s what can happen. We’ve scored 96 goals this season, so I think we’re doing okay when it comes to creativity.”