Mourinho Rekindles Wenger’s Rivalry
Tottenham Hotspurs manager, Jose Mourinho has rekindled his rivalry with former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report.
Former Arsenal manager Wenger has this week released a new autobiography called, ‘My Life In Red And White’, but the exclusion of his former foe, Mourinho, has not gone unnoticed.
And the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager says Wenger did not mention him in his autobiography “because he never beat me”.
Asked to explain his absence from the book, Tottenham boss Mourinho said: “Because he never beat me.
“You are not going to do a chapter about 12 or 14 matches and never winning one.
“So why should he speak about me in his book. A book is a thing to make you happy to make you proud. So I understand perfectly the situation.”
The two shared a bitter rivalry on and off the pitch while Mourinho was in charge of Chelsea, but it was almost always Mourinho who came out on top when they came up against one another.
In 19 meetings, Mourinho won 10 and lost only twice to Wenger, with seven finishing as a tie.
Mourinho and Wenger shared an explosive and bitter rivalry, especially in the years when the Portuguese first arrived at Chelsea in 2004.
Wenger’s Arsenal were the best team in the country, having just created history by winning the Premier League title unbeaten in the 2003/2004 season.
Mourinho took the title from Arsenal in his first season to make Chelsea champions for the first time in 50 years and made a habit of flinging insults in the direction of Wenger as his team dominated for two years.
When he returned for a second spell at Stamford Bridge in 2013, he liked to remark how Wenger enjoyed the safest job in football, even though his team did not win trophies any more.
Mourinho dubbed him a ‘specialist in failure’ and his Chelsea team beat Arsenal 6-0 to wreck Wenger’s 1,000th match in charge of the club he served for 22 years.
The animosity thawed slightly in their later years.
Wenger left Arsenal in 2018 and is now employed by FIFA and has just released his first book.