Thursday 29 September 2016

Jose Mourinho: I stood where you miss me only if you want to miss me

Published 03/08/2015 | 02:30

Head coach Jose Mourinho of Chelsea accuses Arsene Wenger of not shaking his hand
Head coach Jose Mourinho of Chelsea accuses Arsene Wenger of not shaking his hand

Jose Mourinho's toxic relationship with Arsene Wenger took another twist yesterday when the Chelsea manager accused his counterpart of ignoring the chance to shake his hand.

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Mourinho said: "I was doing what the status of my club and my status as a manager [demands]. I think I have to do that for myself and for the club, which was to be there for the winners [and shake hands], to wait for them in a point where you miss me only if you want to miss me.

"Every Arsenal player came in my direction, which was the easiest thing to do, because I was just there. If other people didn't come in my direction, that's not a problem, that's not a story, that's not the end of the world. I don't want any more comment on that. I did my job, the job my club deserves me to do."

Mourinho also accused Arsenal of changing their approach in order to defend their lead.

"My opinion is a team that defends very well, a team that leaves their philosophy in the dressing room, can change their attitude and their philosophy, accumulate 10 players behind the ball all the time, play all the second half with nine players in front of the box.

"This is football, this is very good tactical organisation. In that perspective, they scored one goal, they deserved to win, congratulations to them."

Wenger hit back at that suggestion: "We abandon nothing. We defended. Our game is based on togetherness, on solidarity, on defending well and attacking well.

"I believe we defended because maybe it was a bit of a psychological hurdle, Chelsea, in the head of my players. They were more concerned once we were 1-0 up to protect our lead than to play. We have to accept that. I don't think that's giving up your philosophy."

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