Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho does not believe any team will ever repeat the record of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’.
In a rare departure from his usual confrontational self, Mourinho spoke positively about Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal team of old, the Invincibles. That all conquering team of Gunners were crowned as champions in the 2003-04 campaign without suffering a single Premier League defeat, an achievement only previously performed by Preston in the 1880s.
Mourinho does not expect another team to produce an unblemished season in the future and admits that it took something special from Arsenal to produce that magical season. Both Chelsea and Arsenal are unbeaten so far this season ahead of Sunday’s showdown at Stamford Bridge. But with the goal scoring potential of both teams, it seems unlikely that the match will be drawn tomorrow.
It’s something that happened once in a lifetime. I don’t see, in modern football with the competitiveness of this Premier League, one team being champion without a defeat.
That will stay in the history as the second and the last time. (That is) my opinion, but we don’t know.
Going into tomorrow’s game, the pressure seems to be all on Arsenal. The hosts handed out a 6-0 thrashing in the corresponding fixture in March, which saw Kieran Gibbs mistakenly sent-off by referee Andre Marriner after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain handled the ball.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has admitted his players are keen to avenge this painful rout, but Mourinho admits his side are also pumped up by the prospect of facing their London rivals.
I like it difficult. I like to play against the best. My players also like it.
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Sometimes we are worried about the focus and we are worried about the approach.
When you play big matches you know the players are more than ready for that. I have a meeting with them, but not a motivational meeting. Just a meeting to try to analyse a few things, a few images. Just about football. Never about the emotional side of it, or the motivational side of it.
The ‘Special One’ is famous for rejecting the emotional side of the game for the purely analytical side. With the results he gets however, Chelsea fans will not be complaining. Wenger has never beaten Mourinho in any of their previous encounters, but maybe tomorrow will finally be the day the Frenchman gets one over the volatile Portuguese manager.