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Leicester boss Rodgers scoffs at critics of 'outstanding' Mourinho

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has scoffed at the critics of Tottenham counterpart Jose Mourinho.

Rodgers has leapt to the defence of his former colleague amid a whispering campaign suggesting that the Portuguese's best days are behind him.

Asked about suggestions that Mourinho is yesterday's man, the Foxes' chief said: “It's a lack of respect – normally from people who have never stood on the sidelines.

“Jose's an outstanding manager. He's still got many years left. Up until now, he's been hugely successful.

“Football evolves and changes. You still have room for different types of it and Jose is a master of getting his teams organised, making them difficult to beat – and winning football matches.

“There's different ways, different philosophies, different identities. There's no right or wrong but he's proven over many years that he's successful.

“He will be looking to bring success to Tottenham, for sure. Sometimes, people now listen to the last word and are looking for other things.

“But Jose's longevity, what he's done and continues to do deserve a huge amount of respect.

“And I'm sure they will be back up there. That will be the expectation at the club. Last season they were in the Champions League final. They have created an expectancy there.

“But knowing Jose he will be putting the wheels in motion to have a real go next season and I think he's said that himself. He's world-class - always has been, always will be."

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