After some relatively positive comments yesterday from the Chelsea manager, Mourinho is back to his usual confrontational self in the build up to the North London Derby. Speaking to the press, Mourinho admitted that he would like nothing better than to see his Chelsea side repeat the 6-0 result over Arsenal from last season.
That memory is barely six months old, but Mourinho says that given the chance, he is hoping to inflict more pain on Arsene Wenger. He also clarified that he will show no sympathy for Wenger whatsoever, both during and after the game. Mourinho speaks from a strong position, having never lost to Wenger in the 11 meetings between the two.
Mourinho made it clear he would not be following the example of Sir Alex Ferguson, who sympathised with Wenger after Manchester United walloped Arsenal 8-2 three years ago. And, in what was an attempted cheap shot, he also said that bringing Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea was ‘the easiest transfer’ of his life.
Why should I? I just play matches to win. If you can win 5-0 you don’t win 4-0.
A valid point from the Portuguese, but I would love to see the expression on his face if Wenger manages to pull a win out of the hat today.
Wenger meanwhile is not known for his mind games, and he chose to keep his interactions simple. He stated that he was not concerned with the previous results and would only be looking to win on Sunday.
The match between the two London giants is one of the biggest games of the season, and an Arsenal victory would change the whole dynamic of the League. It would bring Arsenal back into serious contention for the top spot, and also peg back a Chelsea who have been running rampant so far. With the international break coming up after this game, a win for the Gunners would reset the League and give our players a massive confidence boost for when they return.
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