Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho are in the midst of a long standing feud, and the Frenchman has recently spoken out about his war of words with the Chelsea boss, according to Goal.
The two managers have had a number of run-ins, with Mourinho regularly taking sly digs at Wenger in the media (via the BBC). Le Prof has tried to ignore the jibes, but it has clearly been too much for him at times.
When asked about the feud, he insisted that the animosity between the two was real, but went on to say that he tries his best to respect everybody – even Mourinho.
“The rivalry is real but it has to be respectful and I believe that managers sometimes, in the heat of the game, [the] passion gets out of control,” Wenger said.
“When I’m guilty, I’m guilty, and I regret that always but basically you have to respect each other, because if in our own job we don’t respect each other… the job is difficult enough, and I always find that a guy who doesn’t do that you lose a good opinion.
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“On my side always… I respect everybody, I don’t… I respect everybody’s style, everybody’s personality.”
As the report says, Chelsea have been branded boring this season under Mourinho, despite winning the Premier League. The chants of “boring boring Chelsea” clearly struck a nerve with the Blues boss, and he hit back at us claiming we were the boring ones for not winning more trophies (via the BBC).
Wenger was asked whether it was better to be more boring and win more games, and responded by saying: “That’s what people say when you don’t win but let’s not forget you can be boring and lose as well, I believe big clubs have a responsibility to win but to win with style.”
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