Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger cannot help themselves. We remember their past verbal sparring.Le Professeur versus the Special One. Jose Mourinho has tipped petrol on a flickering feud with Arsene Wenger which has been smouldering for years. In an extraordinary quote, the Chelsea boss said his Arsenal rival was a "specialist in failure". It came in response to Wenger suggesting the Premier League title was Chelsea's to lose. It will be widely described as yet another grenade in the war of words that are the Premier League title race 'mind games' but there seems to be more to this than just the pursuit of this season's top-flight silverware. Wenger has failed to beat Mourinho on all 10 occasions they have clashed, including December 2013's most recent meeting in the 0-0 draw at Emirates Stadium. Earlier this season, Mourinho had also beaten Wenger 2-0 in the Capital One Cup. Their relationship is far from friendly. Wenger, who was reportedly even close to legal action against Mourinho during the latter's first spell in England after being accused of being a 'voyeur' with a 'big telescope', claimed they had since made their peace and the League Cup tie earlier this season was relatively friendly. But the stakes have now been raised by Friday's latest swipes. And we could expect more in what has already been a feisty affair over the years.
What They Say...
In August 2005, Wenger takes a swipe at Mourinho's Chelsea for a perceived lack of on-field attacking tactics..."I know we live in a world where we have only winners and losers, but once a sport encourages teams who refuse to take the initiative, the sport is in danger."
With Mourinho having been busy in the transfer market, in October 2005, the Chelsea boss hits back with a bang in response to Wenger's complaints about the free-spending..."I think he is one of these people who is a voyeur. He likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. He speaks, speaks, speaks about Chelsea."
That strikes a nerve with Wenger and, in November 2005, there is a threat of legal action against Mourinho..."He's out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes."
Mourinho does not back down and states, again in November 2005, Chelsea have been keeping tabs on Wenger's persistent comments..."At Stamford Bridge, we have a file of quotes from Mr Wenger about Chelsea football club in the last 12 months - it is not a file of five pages. It is a file of 120 pages so we have a very strong reaction. My objective is that it is enough."
Before that bad-tempered 2007 League Cup final, Wenger again pokes at Mourinho with a none-too-subtle suggestion of the skills required to be a top manager..."If you would like to compare every manager you give each one the same amount of resources and say: 'you have that for five years'. After five years you see who has done the most."
Head To Head...
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