Managerial rivalries are not new in football. But most of them are not as personal and brutal as Jose Mourinho v Arsene Wenger.
Jose Mourinho does not let any opportunity go when he can take a jibe at Chelsea’s ardent rivals manager Arsene Wenger.
The rivalry between Mourinho and Wenger is not new and there have been a lot of controversial comments between each others. It even got more than taking dig sometimes, when Wenger pushed Mourinho in the sidelines during a game between the two London clubs.
Ahead of Chelsea’s game against Newcastle United on Saturday, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho took a sarcastic dig at his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger out of nowhere.
The Portuguese manager was quoted taking a jibe at Arsene Wenger as “the king” and the only manager who is “not under pressure”.
Chelsea, after a dismal start of their Premier League campaign in 2015-16, came back to winning ways last weekend against Arsenal. The match was full of controversies and Arsenal finished the game with 9 players on the pitch. An unsporting Diego Costa made the headlines for his violent actions and made the official send off Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista.
Wenger criticised Costa after the game which was nothing wrong from the Frenchman but Mourinho thought he was “moaning”.
When asked about the pressure that Newcastle boss Steve McClaren was under ahead of facing the Tyneside club later today, Mourinho spectacularly turned the question around to take a swipe at Wenger.
“In this country, only one manager is not under pressure,” he said.
“Every other manager is. I am under pressure, Steve is under pressure, [Manuel] Pellegrini is under pressure, Brendan [Rodgers] too. We cannot be below par.”
“We have to meet the objectives. I have sympathy with all of them because it’s a difficult job. There’s one outside that list, but good for him. I have sympathy for Steve.”
When pushed to name who the one manager not under pressure was, Mourinho continued his attack on the Arsenal boss by stating that Wenger did not have repercussions to face.
“You know,” he continued.
“The one who can speak about the referees before the game, after the game, can push people in the technical area, can moan, can cry in the morning in the afternoon, nothing happens.”
“He can not achieve, keep his job, still be the king. I say just one.”
He finally said, “If I answer I am going to be suspended”
Wenger said the Football Association should look into how Costa escaped a red card. The FA overturned Gabriel’s red card, although later banned him for a game for improper conduct, and handed Costa a three-game ban.
In the news conference for Saturday’s game with Newcastle, Mourinho was asked if he was frustrated at not receiving the written reasons for Costa’s ban.
“Your question is clear, you don’t need my answer,” he said. “It is not normal but nothing more to say.
“If I answer I am going to be suspended. I don’t comment because in the rule book it says some managers can speak about the referee before and after the game and others cannot. I am in the ones that are punished if they do. I have to stick with that rule book.”