The duo were discussing the current Spurs team, when Keane suggested there is a “softness” to Tottenham that prevents them from kicking on and becoming a serious top-four contender every season.
The former Manchester United captain went on to say that this “softness” has been a part of Tottenham’s DNA for the past 40 years, but this struck a nerve with former Spurs midfielder Redknapp.
The Sky Sports pundit hit back at the Irishman and explained why he disagreed with his point while the pair’s colleague Micah Richards looked on.
Redknapp pointed out that there was a steeliness to the Spurs team that reached the Champions League quarter-final, as well as the Tottenham side that were beaten in the final by Liverpool.
For a full transcript of the heated debate on Sky Sports, see below:
Roy Keane: “There is a softness in this Spurs team.”
Jamie Redknapp: “They got to the Champions League final the year before that, Roy.”
RK: “Yeah, they got to the Champions League and they were lucky to get to that final.”
JR: “They got there though, didn’t they?”
RK: “Getting to the final is like being top of the league in November. They got to the final but they got beaten in the final. What are we sitting here talking about Mourinho for? If you’re going to get to a final, the whole point of getting in the final is trying to win the bloody thing! And when Mourinho leaves, there’ll still be a softness to this Spurs team. That’s down to the players.
JR: “So they’re been soft for the last however many years?”
“RK: Spurs have been soft for the last 40 years!”
JR: “No, no, no, I’m not having that. So when they got to the quarter-final of the Champions League with [Gareth] Bale, [Luka] Modric, that was a good team. You can’t say they were always soft, Roy!”
RK: “Jamie, if a quarter-final is a success, then you can have your success.”
JR: “You can say that about Tottenham, but they’ve had some great teams in the last few years as well.”
RK: “There’s been a softness to them, Jamie.”
JR: “They’re not as good as United, they’ve not been as good as City, they haven’t spent the money that those teams have spent.”
RK: “There’s a softness to them, there’s always been a softness to Spurs.”
JR: “I don’t agree with you.”