Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have never enjoyed the most cordial of relationships, but Mourinho’s latest verbal assault against the Arsenal manager came completely out of the blue. The Independent quotes Mourinho as stating,
“If you don’t play well you don’t win. It is hypocrisy to say: ‘We played well but we did not win.’ They claim they had bad luck, that they had 90 per cent of possession or lost a goal to a last-minute set-piece. I sometimes think these coaches must be so much more intelligent than me. When I lose I always find the reason why. We lost because we played badly, because we made mistakes or because the opposition was better.”
Although Jose refused to name the coach he was referring to, it was clear that Mourinho was talking about Wenger, but just to clarify matters he went on to say,
“There is a coach whose teams have been playing fantastically for 10 years and his players are always young. It is always a very young team that never wins anything. For me this is hypocrisy.”
Mourinho has the right to say what he wants, but he is managing in Spain not England now and thus the comments he has made seem totally uncalled for, but Mourinho obviously misses his spats with Wenger and wants to get a rise from the Frenchman. One generally makes these kind of comments when a meeting between sides is imminent, but it is unlikely that Arsenal and Real Madrid will meet at all this season and Mourinho might be better off concentrating on his own teams quest to dethrone Barcelona.
Mourinho and Wenger experienced an ignominious relationship when the former managed Chelsea, with constant stinging comments being exchanged between them in the media. The war of words came to a head when Mourinho infamously called Wenger a ‘voyeur’. The Arsenal manager was understandably upset with these words and even Mourinho realised he had gone too far, and almost went as far to apologise for the incident. When Mourinho left these shores the rocky relationship cooled for obvious reasons, but now it seems that Mourinho is ready for another round of verbal jousting and it will be interesting to see if Wenger responds.
The fact is that despite what he says about Arsenal, Mourinho may well experience his own problems at Real Madrid this season. The expectation levels at the Bernabeu are unmatched anywhere across Europe, not only must the team win every trophy going for the board to be happy, but they must do it in style as well. At Real Madrid Mourinho may face the biggest difficulties of his career to date. There is no doubting his ability to win trophies, but his style of play is certainly on the more defensive side of the scale. He may bring trophies to Real Madrid, but he might have a harder time convincing fans who demand stylish attacking football that his is the best way. In the opening game of the season his side have already dropped points on Barcelona, drawing away at Mallorca. There will be easier games than this for Mourinho but it just might be worth his while to concentrate on his job at Madrid, rather than concerning himself with Arsene Wenger and goings on at Arsenal.