Jose Mourinho looked to calm the stormy waters that lie between him and Arsene Wenger ahead of Chelsea's trip to Arsenal.
That was until he started mocking his counterpart over his suggestion that defending was easy.
No, the Special One could not resist a nibble at Wenger in his pre-match press conference despite claiming he does not see the Frenchman as an arch rival.
Wenger had suggested in his pre-match press conference that defending was easy, possibly suggesting that Mourinho's famously negative tactics could be applied to any one of his teams.
In response, Mourinho claimed that defending was in fact not easy and if Wenger's theory were true, his Arsenal side would not have been knocked out to Monaco in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Arsenal lost 3-1 at the Emirates to the Ligue 1 side before eventually crashing out on the away goals rule. It was a massive speed bump in what has otherwise been a positive 2015 for the Gunners.
"It’s easy to defend, if we have to defend then we will defend.”
Mourinho v Wenger
It is probably why Mourinho chose to pick at it ahead of the Premier League clash.
“It’s not easy, not easy,” said Mourinho when asked to respond to Wenger's claims.
“If it was easy, you wouldn’t lose 3-1 at home to Monaco. If he defends well he draws 0-0 against Monaco and wins in Monte Carlo. It’s not easy to defend.”
Wenger's original quotes read: “What’s important for me is to do what it takes to win the game. It’s easy to defend, if we have to defend then we will defend.”
With the Premier League title all but sealed, the focus will certainly be on Wenger's disastrous record against Mourinho. The Arsenal manager has failed to win a single match in 12 attempts, losing seven and only scoring six goals.
However, having won eight straight Premier League matches and with Chelsea seemingly on a motivational dip, Sunday represents Wenger's best chance to bag his first three-point haul against a mocking Mourinho.
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