Thursday 26 April 2018

'Some clubs are disappointed for 15 years and the manager is the same' - Mourinho takes aim at Wenger again

Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho
Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho

Matt Law

Jose Mourinho has attempted to lift some of the pressure on himself and Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini by taking a cheap shot at Arsene Wenger.

Chelsea manager Mourinho has come under attack this week for demoting club doctor Eva Carneiro and first-team physio Jon Fearn from his bench for Sunday’s trip to City.

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Despite signing a contract extension in the summer, Pellegrini is under pressure to wrestle the Premier League title back from Mourinho and Chelsea.

Asked whether he was surprised that Pellegrini kept his job after City suffered a disappointing campaign in which they finished second behind Chelsea last season, Mourinho replied: “Why? Some other clubs, they are disappointed for 15 years and the manager is the same.”

Arsenal last won the Premier League title 11 years ago in 2004 and Mourinho’s unprovoked swipe at manager Wenger could be interpreted as an attempt to deflect criticism from himself, following what has been a turbulent week.

Mourinho has faced strong criticism for his reaction to the decision of Carneiro and Fearn to run on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard in the 2-2 draw against Swansea City.

Carneiro then posted a message on Facebook to thank people who had sent her messages of support.

Asked whether a week of controversy surrounding Carneiro and Fearn could have distracted his players ahead of the Eastlands clash with City, Mourinho said: “Have you ever met a football player in your life? Top players? Distracted by what? What I’m saying is they will play as normal.”

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