23 September 2016

Jose Mourinho's Worrying Obsession with Arsène Wenger

Mourinho: "Referee, go on. Tell him to acknowledge me".

In what is fast-becoming a weekly diatribe and without a hint of irony, the self-appointed, narcissistic, 'Special One', who once described Arsène Wenger as a 'voyeur', has once again been recorded spouting bile towards the Arsenal manager. Serialising Jose Mourinho's time at Chelsea, journalist, Rob Beasley, recorded the following reaction to Arsène Wenger being asked about Juan Mata's sale to Manchester United:

"When Mr Wenger criticises CFC and Man United over the deal with Mata...I will find him one day outside a football pitch and I will break his face."

Worrying.

What makes his behaviour even more disturbing, is that the Chelsea manager has a history of trying to convert the majority of questions that he has had to face into a critique of Arsène Wenger. Here are a few examples:

When discussing whether he had any sympathy for under-fire Newcastle United manager, Steve McClaren:

"In this country, only one manager [Wenger] is not under pressure. He cannot achieve, keep his job, still be the king."

When asked in March 2014, about Chelsea possibly failing to win the league:

"We don't want a trophy for finishing second, third or fourth ... like some other guys [Wenger] want."

Even after being sacked by Chelsea in 2007, when asked a year later about his experience of coaching in England:

"The English like statistics a lot. Do they know that Arsene Wenger has only 50 per cent of wins in the English league?"

Even more worrying.

Quite frankly, I'm amazed that Jose Mourinho hasn't blamed Arsène Wenger for: United's awful run of games; the Eva Carneiro situation; Rooney's confusion as to how football is played; global warming; the prospect of America electing Donald Trump as President; the crisis in Syria; and Brangelina splitting up; 

With the book launched in just a few weeks, I can estimate with a large degree of certainty that it reads more like an angry series of letters, reminiscent of the ones penned by a young fan in the song 'Stan' by Eminem. The song begins with a guy named Stan respecting Eminem and his achievements. As time goes on, Stan questions why he isn't receiving the same attention that Eminem receives, he later takes it personally, becomes more mentally unstable and blames Eminem for everything that's going wrong in his life.  

Sounds familiar?

Despite being quite clearly, a very talented manager, Jose Mourinho's obsession with Arsène Wenger has reached rather unhealthy levels and goes way beyond the footballing rivalry shared between the Arsenal manager and his long-time foe, Sir Alex Ferguson. Whilst Arsène Wenger commands respect from his peers (with the exception of Mourinho), players and people involved in world football, with every barb, jibe and disrespectful insult towards Arsène Wenger, Jose Mourinho becomes an even more polarising figure in world football.


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Excellent read. Well done.