Mourinho, Wenger Trade Words As Chelsea Battle Arsenal

Wenger pushes Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has retaliated after his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger questioned his side’s defensive tactics.
Wenger provoked the Blues boss this week, saying: “It is easy to defend.”
Mourinho retorted by mentioning Arsenal’s Champions League last-16 exit in February, saying: “It’s not easy. If it was easy, you wouldn’t lose 3-1 at home to Monaco.”
The sides face each other in the Premier League on Sunday. Chelsea are 10 points clear at the top with six games remaining, and they will be champions if they beat Arsenal and Leicester in their next two matches.
The second-placed Gunners, meanwhile, have won their last eight league games.
Wenger and Mourinho clashed in last year’s meeting at Stamford Bridge but the Blues boss played down their rivalry before their trip to the Emirates.
Mourinho said: “For me, he is not my rival. He is the manager of a big club in the same city where I work. It is a big club with the same objectives we have.”
Mourinho said his relationship with Wenger was the same as he had experienced at previous clubs.
He added: “It is no different from when I was at Inter with the Milan manager, at Real with the Atletico manager, or Porto with Benfica. It was the same.”
Mourinho called Wenger a “voyeur” in 2005 over comments the Frenchman had made about events at Stamford Bridge and last year described Wenger as a “specialist in failure”.


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