Wenger plays down Mourinho’s achievements

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has continued the war of words with nemesis Jose Mourinho by stating that the Chelsea manager’s first Premier League success was due to the hard work of Claudio Ranieri the season prior.

The Italian was at the Stamford Bridge helm before being replaced by the Portuguese, who led the West London outfit to become English champions the following campaign.

Wenger, who has clashed with Mourinho over the years, has stated that the now Leicester boss deserved the credit for the Blues’ first Premier League success of the modern era.

“When Claudio left Chelsea he had built the team that was so successful at the start,” The Guardian quote Wenger as saying.

“I remember them finishing second in the league with Ranieri and the team was upcoming with young players like John Terry and Frank Lampard, who were the players that contributed to the success of Chelsea.”

Wenger will take on Ranieri’s in-form Leicester side this afternoon, with the Foxes high-flying since the experienced trainer’s arrival.

The Gunners have had a mooted start to the new campaign, with defeat to Mourinho and Chelsea last weekend rubbing salt in the wounds and adding another acrimonious chapter to the French manager’s tussles with the outspoken Portuguese.