In the latest episode of the Jose Mourinho/Arsene Wenger feud, the Chelsea boss fired back at the Arsenal manager after Wenger made some disparaging remarks about Mourinho’s courage in the face of failure. Wenger was asked why he thought Mourinho was constantly downplaying his side’s chances of winning the Premier League and he responded by saying:
“It is fear to fail. It is very open, and only Chelsea can lose it because they are in front and all the other teams can win it. If you’re not in the race you cannot lose it. If you declare yourself not in the race you cannot lose it, simple as that. I think just that our job is to be ambitious and to try to win. If we do not win, we should to take full responsibility for that.”
This would not go over will with any manager much less one as obsessed with winning trophies and succeeding the way Mourinho is. When asked about Wenger’s belief that he was scared to fail, Mourinho gave a scathing response in which he left little doubt about his belief in Wengers abilities as a manager.
“[Wenger] is a specialist in failure. I’m not. So if he is right and I am afraid of failure it is because I didn’t fail many times. The reality is he’s a specialist because eight years without a piece of silverware, that’s failure. If I do that in Chelsea, eight years, I leave London and don’t come back.”
That was a warning shot by Jose in the direction of Wenger telling the Arsenal manager as many rappers have before to “keep my name out yo mouth”. While the comments seemed a bit harsh for two professional men, Jose does have a strong point. If anyone is familiar with failure it has been Arsene Wenger in recent years. His Arsenal side has yet to win a trophy since 2005 despite being considered one of the Premier League’s “Big Four”. Some Arsenal fans have even backed Mourinho and feel that Wenger should not bring up the concept of failure until he manages to bring some silverware back to the Emirates.
Taken as is, this could seem like just a bit of banter between two old rivals but in the video of the press conference seen below, Mourinho is clearly perturbed by the comments Wenger made about him. This is a man that has succeeded every where he has managed and has adapted to leagues in four different countries in Europe. Arsene Wenger does have an impressive resume with Arsenal but his trophy cabinet has been a bit dusty as of late.
The video of Mourinho’s comments here:
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