A media war is brewing between the two managers.
After Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger accused Jose Mourinho of having a fear of failure, the Chelsea boss has come right back with a response.
Q: Arsene Wenger says you have a ‘fear to fail’. Mourinho: ‘He’s a specialist in failure’
— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceIndy) February 14, 2014
Mourinho was fairly quiet when the 51-year-old first returned to English football in the summer of 2013 after a six-year absence, but now the Portuguese coach is becoming animated again.
The Blues boss was a so-called master of the mind games whilst in charge at Stamford Bridge between 2004 and 2007, taking on then Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in the public domain – and winning.
Mourinho won two Premier League titles, two League Cups and the FA Cup during three years in west London previously and looks to use the media in any way he can.
This has been farcical recently, with the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan ace calling his side little horses that need milk, when compared to the Gunners and Manchester City.
Mourinho has also constantly played down the club’s chances of winning the title, despite currently topping the table after 26 matches.
When asked about this in the pre-match press conference ahead of the FA Cup fifth round match with Liverpool on Sunday, Wenger dubbed it a ‘fear to fail’ and said his team were most certainly in the title race.
Yet Mourinho knows how to get under the skin of his counterparts and stating the Frenchman is a ‘specialist in failure’ could well be in reference to the 64-year-old’s inability to win a trophy since 2005.
In the same time period the Chelsea manager has picked up two Serie A winners medals, as well as Copa del Rey, Coppa Italia, La Liga and Champions League triumphs – to name a few.
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