Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho just can’t resist the chance to take a shot at Arsene Wenger. His feud with the Arsenal boss has become quite famous and the Portuguese has once again reignited the war of words on Sunday.
The history between the two has been well documented and tension intensified last season when Mourinho referred to Wenger as a “specialist in failure”. This led to tensions between the duo during the fixture at Stamford Bridge in October where Wenger shoved Mourinho after a war of words.
The Portuguese manager has been a long-term critic of Wenger and although he wasn’t as scathing as he usually can be, Mourinho still has some offbeat comments for Wenger. According to ESPN, he said:
I do not understand why they [Arsenal] are not where we are with Man City.
He has a dream job. I think every manager in the world would like to have the stability he has. Year after year after year, he has the chance to buy, to sell, to rebuild, to wait for success and wait and wait.
What he did with the club in a certain period gave him that credibility, that he deserves because he is a fantastic manager but he also had a fantastic situation to be successful.
When I look at the players and I look at the squad, I really think they have to win.
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I like that team very much, they have very good players. Alexis [Sanchez] and [Danny] Welbeck are important players to add to an already very good squad.
It may be that the Chelsea boss is simply praising his rival for the 19 seasons he has been in charge at the North London club, but it is difficult not to see a sly dig in among the comments.
Inspite of the success Mourinho has had during all these years, it would not be outrageous to suggest that he would have struggled to better what Wenger has done with Arsenal had he been shackled by similar financial restrictions for the same period of time.
But there is an element of truth and reality to his comments. Despite a hugely successful first half of his tenure, the second has been extremely challenging to maintain Champions League football and fighting to keep up with the other top sides. Not many managers are ever afforded the time to remain at a top tier club without delivering trophies regularly, so in that instance Wenger has himself a dream job. But now it’s time to deliver a title again and build on last seasons FA Cup win.
The Portuguese is often known to play mind games with his peers and this time is no different. It’s interesting timing from Mourinho with the Gunners set to face Monaco and perhaps he couldn’t resist the temptation to provide the Arsenal manager with a bit of distraction.
Do you think Mourinho has the stature to take pot shots at Wenger?