Arsenal boss Wenger plays down feud with Chelsea counterpart Mourinho
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his feud with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has settled down, writes ESPN.
Ahead of the League Cup tie between the sides on Tuesday at the Emirates Stadium, Wenger and Mourinho will meet again on the touchline, something that has sparked many quarrels in previous years between the two managers.
But Wenger now believes his relationship with Mourinho has calmed. “With all competitors there are ups and downs,” Wenger said.
“You could see that again between [Manuel] Pellegrini and Mourinho, because we put our whole heart into every single game,” he continued. “Sometimes we go overboard and that is part of the job. With the distance after, it always settles.”
Wenger admitted he wasn’t shocked to see the Portuguese return to the Premier League this summer. “It was not a big surprise [that Mourinho returned] because there was talk about it many times. When he left Madrid, it looked to be one of his best opportunities to come back.
“What the Premier League wants first is the quality of the games and his teams give you always a tough game. That is what you want.”
Chelsea travel to the Emirates following their 2-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday. The Blues won the League Cup twice in Mourinho’s first spell in charge at the club, in 2005 and 2007, beating Arsenal in the latter final.
In comparison, Arsenal have won nine out of ten home League Cup ties, scoring 29 times. The London rivals are separated by two points in the Premier League, with Arsenal ahead and top of the league.
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