Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has stoked the flames ahead of his side’s Community Shield clash with Arsenal, taunting opposite manager Arsene Wenger.
The Portuguese trainer has an excellent record against the Frenchman over his two stints in the Stamford Bridge hot seat, which has played its part in the Blues’ dominance over their London rivals.
When asked about how he would feel if the record was reversed, Mourinho admitted that he would be examining just why he had lost so many times.
“I think I would ask myself why,” he told The Telegraph.
“I would to try to answer, but not because of a mental block but because I would want to try to find solutions to help my team to do it.
“I would try to find a different way, try to find the reasons why it goes all the time against my team. Just that.
“I’ve never had a run like that, no. I don’t know in the future. I think I lost twice against Tony Pulis, I lost against Crystal Palace and against West Bromwich Albion. One game each.”
The pair have had mutual disdain for one another due to a number of passionate exchanges between them on the touchline.
Mourinho’s mind games have become popular in the media and will surely enrage the usual passive Wenger ahead of the weekend’s clash.
With both teams having ambitions of winning the Premier League title this season and former Blues Petr Cech set to face his old employer, it should be an explosive clash at Wembley.