Roy Keane and Jamie Redknapp continued their row about Tottenham ahead of the north London club’s clash with Manchester United.
The Sky Sports pundits argued about Spurs at the start of March, with Man United icon Keane branding Jose Mourinho’s players average, while former Spurs captain Redknapp attempted to defend them.
And the duo were at it again ahead of the huge fixture on Sunday, with Micah Richards even jokingly coming between the two.
Redknapp had insisted Spurs were still in with a shot of Champions League qualification as they welcomed United to north London – sparking another fiery exchange.
“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.”
But Keane was quick to chime in.
“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 beat Man United 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 hurriedly announced. “Don’t you start again!”
Meanwhile, Richards, Keane’s usual sparring partner chortled in the background before attempting to get between the two former Premier League midfielders, shouting, “Calm down, calm down!”
Keane – a seven-time title winner with Manchester United – certainly wasn’t finished and went on to hit out at Spurs, a familiar target of his.
He added: “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 tried to defend his former club and said: “They did get to a Champions League final the year before that, though.”
Keane was having none of it.
“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,” he 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, son of their former boss Harry.
“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 was once again ready to strike his opponent: “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.”
Later, Richards posted a hilarious video, pitting Keane and Redknapp against each other, likening the battle to a boxing match.
Spurs went on to lose 3-1 to United – leaving them seven points off the top four.
Redknapp was still sticking by his verdict that the squad is better than it is showing and not as bad as has been suggested.
He’ll find it hard to convince Keane that is the case, though…
Published at Sun, 11 Apr 2021 20:30:50 +0000