Jose Mourinho today accused Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness of being hypocrites and claimed they are jealous of Chelsea’s success.
Mourinho was left furious after the former Liverpool duo heavily criticised Chelsea’s gamesmanship during their Champions League exit to Paris Saint Germain in midweek.
Souness branded Chelsea ‘pathetic’ for surrounding the referee before Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off for a challenge on Oscar, while Carragher insisted Mourinho’s side will never be loved.
But in a scathing response, Mourinho hit back saying: “You know, the world is a bit strange. Maybe because of diet and maybe the quality of the products we are eating, memories are getting shorter.
“Because, you know, when Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness speak about it, it's because they are having a problem for sure.
“Jamie stopped playing a couple of years ago and, in two years, he forget everything he did on the pitch.
“Mr Souness also, but he stopped playing a long times ago. I coached Benfica, I know a lot about him, so much about him.
“But I'm a certain kind of education, not just in football but in life, and I prefer to laugh. Envy is the biggest tribute that the shadows do to the man. It's about life.”
Ibrahimovic labelled Chelsea as ‘babies’ for their role in getting him sent off, while they have come under fire from a number of pundits who watched the match.
But Mourinho doesn’t think it’s fair to single them out, as their Premier League record shows this term.
He added: “If the players surround the referee in the Premier League, we are charged and we have to pay a fine, and if we do that the players pay the fine.
“We have, in this moment, I think eight or nine months of competition and we were charged once. We paid for that. It's as simple as that.
“Go to the Premier League and see how many teams were charged and how many times. Chelsea were charged once.”
Mourinho feels the way he reacted to PSG’s progress on away goals was more reflective of how Chelsea behave.
He explained: “The game finished. Just to close the chapter on the Champions League, the game finished and I was in the tunnel.
“One by one, not just the players but the coaches and everybody from PSG, I shook their hands. I told them they deserved it. I wished them good luck for the future. This was the way we behave after a defeat. This is the example my players get after a defeat.”