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Jose Mourinho enters feud with Wenger: “He’s a specialist in failure. I’m not”

Feb 14, 2014, 9:08 AM EDT

Mourinho has never lost a game vs. Wenger. 12th times a charm for Arsenal? Getty Images

Get your popcorn ready, this is about to get real.

Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho are now embroiled in a bitter feud, as the two Premier League title contenders clash on and off the pitch.

On Friday Wenger told the media that the PL title was “Chelsea’s to lose” and now Chelsea’s manager Mourinho has had the chance to hit back. The ‘Special One,’ in true Mourinho style, has struck back with a venomous barb when asked about Wenger’s claims that he has a “fear of failure” as Mourinho keeps playing down Chelsea’s title hopes.

“Arsene Wenger is a specialist in failure, I’m not,” Mourinho said. “If, supposing he is right that I am afraid to fail, it’s because I don’t fail too many times.”


The Portuguese boss is certainly not sharing the love on Valentines Day, as he responded to Wenger stating that Mourinho keeps playing down his own teams title hopes because they have a fear of failure. And when asked about it being Chelsea’s title to lose, something Wenger also said, Mourinho came up with the following answer.

“The champion is Man United so Man United is the title owner until the moment where they mathematically lose the title,” Mouirnho said. “Man United lose the title, nobody else.”

But Mou wasn’t done with his Wenger bashing there, oh no. There’s more.

“The reality is he’s [Wenger] a specialist because eight years without a piece of silverware, that is failure.”

With Chelsea one point and one place above Arsenal in the PL standings, Mourinho has often deflected the pressure away from his own team as he’s stated that first Manchester City were the favorites, and has now said that Liverpool have the edge in the title race due to the Reds not being involved in the UEFA Champions League.

More on this to come throughout the day, as the managers of London’s two biggest teams lock horns and reignite their long-term feud.

(MORE: Mourinho plays down Chelsea going top, how long will he keep doing this?)

(MORE: Arsene Wenger – Premier League title is “Chelsea’s to lose”)

  1. dfstell - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    It’s really dumb for Wenger to even attempt to engage Mourinho in this. Just keep saying “no comment” until the media goes to talk to someone else about it. It isn’t fair, but Wenger is just less smooth and charismatic than Mourinho and the media like Mourinho better (mostly b/c Mourinho says interesting things). Wenger will never win this battle.

    I don’t think it really matters to on-the-field stuff, but Mourinho is just in a class of his own when it comes to the zingers.

  2. geo91 - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Mourinho is a LOSER. Wow

    • egb234 - Feb 14, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      The guy with 20 trophies who won the UCL with Porto and Inter is a loser?

      Tough crowd.

      What does that make Wenger?

  3. mianfr - Feb 14, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Love it.

  4. unclemosesgreen - Feb 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Handbags at ten paces.

  5. chunkala - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    They should tell him we’ll C U Next Tuesday.

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