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Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho’s fierce rivalry is well known. It all started ever since Mourinho first arrived in England in 2004 and it only grew when Mourinho rejoined Chelsea in 2013. Both the managers cannot stand the sight of each other and were involved in a war of words over the years. The rivalry has become so bad that the Portuguese tactician has even talked of challenging Wenger for a physical fight on a couple of occasions.
The rivalry deteriorated when the French tactician took a dig at Mourinho for playing down Chelsea’s chances of winning the Premier League during the 2013-14 season for “fear to fail”. Mourinho retaliated by calling Wenger a “specialist in failure.”
“You know, he is a specialist in failure. Eight years without a piece of silverware, that’s failure. If I do that at Chelsea I leave London and I don’t come back,” Mourinho said.
Mourinho also reacted badly when Wenger expressed his surprise over Juan Mata’s transfer to Manchester United from Chelsea after falling out of favour with the Portuguese.
And a new book titled ‘Jose Mourinho: Up Close and Personal’, which is written by journalist Rob Beasley and is being serialised by Sportsmail, has made a sensational revelation which claims that Mourinho wanted to break Wenger’s face.
“A few days later, he was still pumped up about it all, telling me: ‘When Mr Wenger criticises CFC and Man Utd over the deal with Mata… I will find him one day outside a football pitch and I will break his face,'” an excerpt from the book reads.