Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho have been engaged in a war of words for quite some time now, and things seem to have kicked off again following our controversial 2-0 loss against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Wenger has heaped praise on Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri ahead of our trip to the King Power Stadium this weekend, but in the process has taken a bit of a swipe at Mourinho, as reported by The Guardian.
“When Claudio left Chelsea he had built the team that was so successful at the start,” said Wenger.
“I remember them finishing second in the league with Ranieri and the team was upcoming with young players like John Terry and Frank Lampard, who were the players that contributed to the success of Chelsea.”
Mourinho was the man who took over from Ranieri at Chelsea, and Wenger is clearly suggesting that the Portuguese manager’s success is down to the foundation built by his predecessor.
As The Guardian’s report suggests, Mourinho and Ranieri don’t get on well at all. They have had their problems in the past, with Mourinho slinging his fair share of barbs at the Italian.
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Ranieri isn’t the only manager to have an issue with Mourinho, as he seems to rile up everyone he comes up against.
Wenger is an admirer of Ranieri, and appreciates the approach the manager takes. The Arsenal boss highlighted the ideology our club implements, claiming the result is not the only thing that matters – again perhaps a dig at Mourinho.
“Because the very thing that makes sport beautiful is winning while respecting the rules,” he continued.
“If you can do whatever you feel like, it’s no longer a sport, it’s just a street fight. There is an increasing view that only the result counts and it doesn’t matter how you get it. That’s a stance that sometimes puts you in a situation that can be difficult to maintain. It’s important that the spirit of sport wins out too.”
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Mourinho is certainly one of those managers who doesn’t care what cost victory comes at, and does whatever he feels like. He has always joined clubs with incredibly deep pockets (when compared to the other teams in their league), and seems incapable of operating without throwing money around.