Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have a pretty tempestuous relationship.
The pair have clashed on numerous occasions in the dugout when Mourinho’s Chelsea have played Wenger’s Arsenal.
But their war hasn’t been restricted to the pitch-side. They have often been involved in a war of words in press conferences both before and after matches.
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Wenger gave the Portuguese a big shove in October 2014 when Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-0 while Mourinho branded the Gunners boss a ‘specialist in failure’ in February 2014.
We may have to wait until November 19 before Mourinho and Wenger to go head-to-head in the Premier League, they have already had their first meeting.
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This came last week at UEFA’s headquarters in Switzerland where the world’s best managers came together for a conference.
And Spanish newspaper Marca are reporting a very interesting incident that occurred between Wenger and Mourinho. The report claims Sir Alex Ferguson was waiting to give the welcoming speech when the new United manager was last to enter the room.
He identified a table which currently occupied Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery and Wenger.
The seats were not booked in advance so any empty seat were readily available. Mourinho asked the three managers if he could sit there and, to the surprise of everyone, Wenger replied: “No, it isn’t possible.”
Marca claims that several people laughed but felt awkward as Wenger remained cold-faced leaving Mourinho to find another seat.
While, as we weren’t at the event ourselves, we can’t confirm that this incident actually occurred but it wouldn’t come as a surprise given their indifferent past.
Mourinho and Guardiola
But before Mourinho can concentrate on his feud with Wenger, he must face another enemy in the form of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
If Mourinho’s and Wenger relationship is strained, then the Special One’s history with Guardiola is pretty ugly.
There is a very long list of comments between the pair that stretches far beyond the simple mind games. We may have to wait until November 19 for Mourinho and Wenger to clash, but it’s just a matter of days before the Manchester derby at Old Trafford.
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