The feud continues.
Following Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday in a fiery lunchtime clash in England’s capital city, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hit out at Arsene Wenger after the Arsenal manager brandished Diego Costa’s behavior as “disgusting” on the pitch.
Mourinho responded by claiming that Wenger has only failed to moan or complain about him once in his 15 outings against the Portuguese boss, and that came the only time Wenger has beaten Mourinho which was in the FA Community Shield at Wembley Stadium in August.
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The main press conference involving Chelsea’s boss following the game threatened to boil over after Mourinho named Costa his man of the match and praised his forward despite the player appearing to elbow and hit Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny in the face on multiple occasions, then winding up Gabriel which led to the latter being sent off in a game-changing moment on the stroke of half time.
Speaking to the daily newspapers in England in a separate interview, Mourinho couldn’t resist having one more not so subtle dig at Wenger.
“I think Arsenal have the squad to be champions — and every season I feel that,” Mourinho said. “I don’t know why they can’t win it, but that’s my feeling — I like every player. If one of their players is a free agent and Arsenal don’t want him there, I would take every one. I like all of their players.”
Ah, so what you’re saying Jose is that Arsenal has the players to win the title… just not the manager?
Over the years, this rivalry has been brewing.
Mourinho has called Wenger a “specialist in failure” and lambasted Arsenal’s fans for calling Chelsea “boring” on their way to winning the title last season. “Boring is not winning a title in 10 years,” Mourinho hit back. Ouch. Last season the two managers clashed on the sidelines at Stamford Bridge as a pushing match took place, then following Arsenal’s Community Shield win at Wembley last month, Mourinho shook the hands of all of Arsenal’s players and waited for Wenger, but the Gunners boss evaded the handshake on purpose. Before Saturday’s clash Mourinho made a point of waiting outside the tunnel way before the teams had emerged to try and shake Wenger’s hand, and the duo did shake hands, albeit with Wenger having a face like thunder.
This rivalry shows no signs of calming down, as two of the greatest managers in PL history are embroiled in a bitter public feud as the figureheads of London’s two biggest clubs refuse to accept any wrongdoing. With their win against Arsenal on Saturday, Chelsea is now just three points behind the Gunners despite a disastrous start to the season. When all is said and done at the end of the campaign, the two teams won’t be far apart in the standings.
As for Mourinho and Wenger’s relationship — if you can even call it that — it is light years away from being anything close to cordial.