Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho may have labelled Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger a “specialist in failure”, but the Portuguese coach admits he would love to emulate the Frenchman by taking charge of 1,000 matches at the same club.
Wenger takes charge of his 1,000th Arsenal match against Mourinho’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday - and the Blues’ boss has revealed that nothing would make him happier than reaching the same milestone with the west London outfit.
However, Mourinho also revealed that there are no plans from Chelsea to celebrate Wenger’s achievement, "Because the best present is to have 1,000 matches in the same club.”
The 51-year-old told reporters: “If Chelsea gives me the chance to arrive to 1,000 matches, I'll be the happiest man there is in the world.”
Mourinho has a long way to go before he reaches 1,000 games with Chelsea. He was in charge of the Blues for 185 matches during his first spell at Stamford Bridge, between June 2004 and September 2007, before parting company with the club.
However, Mourinho has added 45 games to that tally to bring his total to 230 games in charge of the Premier League giants, some 769 games behind Wenger, who has been with Arsenal for 18 years now.
Mourinho has a reputation for leaving clubs after several years, but he currently seems settled back at Stamford Bridge. Whether he reaches 1,000 matches in charge of the club is debatable - very few coaches last longer than three years with any one club these days - but Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will not be prepared to make the same mistake he made back in 2007.
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