Jose Mourinho enters feud with Wenger: “He’s a specialist in failure. I’m not”

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Get your popcorn ready, this is about to get real.

Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho are now embroiled in a bitter feud, as the two Premier League title contenders clash on and off the pitch.

On Friday Wenger told the media that the PL title was “Chelsea’s to lose” and now Chelsea’s manager Mourinho has had the chance to hit back. The ‘Special One,’ in true Mourinho style, has struck back with a venomous barb when asked about Wenger’s claims that he has a “fear of failure” as Mourinho keeps playing down Chelsea’s title hopes.

“Arsene Wenger is a specialist in failure, I’m not,” Mourinho said. “If, supposing he is right that I am afraid to fail, it’s because I don’t fail too many times.”

Ouch.

The Portuguese boss is certainly not sharing the love on Valentines Day, as he responded to Wenger stating that Mourinho keeps playing down his own teams title hopes because they have a fear of failure. And when asked about it being Chelsea’s title to lose, something Wenger also said, Mourinho came up with the following answer.

“The champion is Man United so Man United is the title owner until the moment where they mathematically lose the title,” Mouirnho said. “Man United lose the title, nobody else.”

But Mou wasn’t done with his Wenger bashing there, oh no. There’s more.

“The reality is he’s [Wenger] a specialist because eight years without a piece of silverware, that is failure.”

With Chelsea one point and one place above Arsenal in the PL standings, Mourinho has often deflected the pressure away from his own team as he’s stated that first Manchester City were the favorites, and has now said that Liverpool have the edge in the title race due to the Reds not being involved in the UEFA Champions League.

More on this to come throughout the day, as the managers of London’s two biggest teams lock horns and reignite their long-term feud.

(MORE: Mourinho plays down Chelsea going top, how long will he keep doing this?)

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Honduras holds Costa Rica 1-1

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Honduras did the United States a favor by taking a point from visiting Costa Rica in Tuesday’s CONCACAF World Cup qualifier in San Pedro Sula.

Anthony Lozano pushed a 35th minute chance past an indecisive Keylor Navas, as Los Catrachos set the stage for a hopeful three points.

[ STREAM: T&T-Mexico, Panama-USMNT ]

Vancouver Whitecaps center back Kendall Waston’s haphazard defending helped allow the goal, but he scored off a late Costa Rica corner kick to ensure Costa Rica will finish the international break in second place.

With four points, Honduras moves ahead of Trinidad and Tobago and the United States before both sides play Tuesday.

Costa Rica beat the U.S. 4-0 in 2016, while the Yanks battered Honduras 6-0 on Friday.

WATCH: Video Assistant calls back Griezmann goal

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France and Spain used the Video Assistant Referee program on Tuesday in a friendly, and the French likely rue that decision.

Antoine Griezmann had an incorrectly allowed goal reverse for offside, while Gerard Deulofeu saw an initially ruled offside goal allowed upon review in Spain’s 2-0 win over France.

[ MORE: Bolivia stuns Messi-less Argentina ]

Here’s an example, as Griezmann’s barely offside goal was overturned in less than a minute (Both calls took less than a minute to decide):

At the risk of sounding like a caveman, I really don’t like these razor thin offside calls being subject to review.

When you consider the improbability of timing the moment of contact with the ball — how many times have you seen a freeze frame conveniently used to make a case? — it just seems to mess with the spirit of sport.

What do you think?

Bolivia stuns Messi-less Argentina in World Cup qualifying

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Argentina took steps backward Tuesday in its pursuit of a 2018 World Cup berth, on and off the field.

It started as Lionel Messi was suspended four matches for verbally abusing a referee in Argentina’s Friday win over Chile.

Then La Albiceleste made another move in reverse with a shocking 2-0 loss to Bolivia in La Paz. Argentina started Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala, and Ezequiel Lavezzi on the bench in what many presumed to be an easy win.

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Juan Carlos Arce and Marcelo Martins scored as ninth-place La Verde picked up its third win of qualifying with a win over powerful Argentina.

The bad news kept coming for Argentina (and Everton), as Ramiro Funes Mori left the match in the 36th minute with injury.

Bolivia will finish the international break at least 10 points back of the playoff spot, while Argentina could finish as low as that fifth-place spot.

STREAM: CONCACAF tripleheader concludes with USMNT

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CONCACAF’s bottom three sides in the Hex standings look to make the table incredibly tight as World Cup qualifying finds three-straight matches on the docket beginning at 5 p.m. EDT.

Honduras vs. Costa Rica

Los Catrachos were creamed 6-0 by the U.S. on Friday, and return home hoping a wounded Costa Rica remains vulnerable. Honduras is dead last on goal differential, but three points would be huge and put them level with Los Ticos. Costa Rica won its first two matches before falling to Mexico on Friday.

Trinidad and Tobago vs. Mexico

El Tri has two wins and a draw from their first three Hex matches, and will be without Rafa Marquez on Tuesday. A win guarantees Mexico the top spot heading into the next round of matches in June. The Soca Warriors surprised some with their 1-0 win over visiting Panama on Tuesday. Mexico is a different class.

Panama vs. USMNT

Despite its miserable start, the U.S. can find itself as high as second with a win and help from Honduras. The injuries remain plenty for the Yanks, who are without Fabian Johnson, Bobby Wood, Sebastian Lletget, and John Brooks. Panama has allowed just a single goal through three Hex matches, but also has only managed one.