Jose Mourinho says he has no problem with Arsene Wenger ahead of Chelsea's Capital One Cup clash against Arsenal tonight.
The two managers have a long and chequered history dating back to when Mourinho labelled Wenger a 'voyeur' during the Special One's first spell in charge of Chelsea in 2005.
Some of the potency of the clash between Chelsea and Arsenal has been reduced because both managers will likely field experimental line-ups for the clash tonight.
Now Mourinho has moved to dismiss any claims he has a problem with his Arsenal counterpart.
"We have no problems,” he said.
He added: “Wenger is a nice guy. I had a chance to meet him much, much better after I left England.
“I started meeting him in UEFA coaching meetings, at the Euros, the World Cup. When you are not in the same league and not playing against each other, it is easier to get to know people.
“I respect him a lot. In football, things like this happen. Sometimes, even if you are friends and respect each other, sometimes you say something the other doesn’t like.
“But at the end of the day I respect him a lot and I believe that he feels the same in relation to me. I would bet there is not one single problem between us.”
The Chelsea boss has reserved much of his anger ahead of the game for the powers that be for scheduling the fixture so close to their Sunday victory over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
Having climbed down from his threat to field a youth side against Arsenal, Mourinho says he is still angry to have to play an important game with little turnaround.
"If they want a big game, we cannot give a big game," the Chelsea boss added. If they want the players that were playing against Manchester City, we cannot give them that.
"If they want us not to win a trophy, that's a help, because if they want a big game between two big teams in London they should put the game on Wednesday, not on Tuesday. I'm not going to give them that."
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