Jose Mourinho received secret texts from an Arsenal player telling him that Arsène Wenger ‘does nothing’ in training, according to a new book about the Portuguese coach.
Jose Mourinho: Up Close and Personal, by the journalist Rob Beasley, has provided fresh evidence of Mourinho’s attitude towards the Arsenal manager.
An extract yesterday in the Daily Mail claims then-Chelsea manager Mourinho received messages from an unnamed Arsenal player during the 2014/15 season.
After the Gunners’ 2-0 win at Manchester City in January 2015, Mourinho told Beasley: “[One of the Arsenal players] sent me an SMS to say players did themselves, organised themselves during the week. Wenger did nothing.”
Mourinho reportedly added the information was “100 per cent”.
Mourinho’s claim to have been in contact with an Arsenal player follows his threat to ‘break Wenger’s face’, which is also revealed in Beasley’s book.
Mourinho was angered by Wenger questioning the fairness of Chelsea only selling Juan Mata to Manchester United after the two clubs had faced each other twice in the league.
Mourinho reportedly told Beasley: “When Mr Wenger criticises Chelsea and Manchester United over the deal with Mata… I will find him one day outside a football pitch and I will break his face.”
Wenger sidestepped the latest Mourinho insults yesterday.
“I talk about football - that’s all I do,” said Wenger, who was 66 yesterday.
“I’m not in a destructive mode, never. I’m more constructive. I am focused on Saturday’s game against Chelsea.
“What is amazing is that this has nothing to do with our game.
“I am just focusing on doing my job well and respecting everybody else.
“I have no personal problem with anybody. I respect everybody in our game. Maybe I will make a book one day but I am not ready for that yet.”
Yesterday Mourinho joked he is now the ‘Worst One’ rather than the ‘Special One’ as football’s ‘’Einsteins’’ criticise and scrutinise his side who are looking to avoid a third straight Premier League defeat.
Community Shield glory and three successive league wins, coupled with some big-name acquisitions, naturally raised expectations, making the three straight losses that followed all the more of a shock.
United ended that run with a timely, if at times unconvincing, 3-1 midweek triumph in the EFL Cup at Northampton, after which Mourinho hit out at the critics who he dubbed “football Einsteins’’.
He took a similar approach ahead of Leicester’s visit, making light of the situation by referring to himself as ‘’the worst manager in the history of football’’ when asked how hard it would be for Saturday’s opponents to retain the title.
‘’Not many teams during the Premier League history they could do that,’’ Mourinho, who retained the title in 2006 with Chelsea, said.
‘’One of the teams was, of course, Man United, another one was some team managed (by) the worst manager in the history of football, but it’s really difficult.’’
‘When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid’
Arsene Wenger slams the defensive tactics of Mourinho.
“I know we live in a world where we have only winners and losers, but once a sport encourages teams who refuse to take the initiative, the sport is in danger.”
Mourinho hits back at Wenger with one of his most controversial descriptions of the French manager. “Wenger has a real problem with us and I think he is what you call in England a voyeur. He is someone who likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have this big telescope to look into the homes of other people and see what is happening. Wenger must be one of them – it is a sickness.”
Wenger replies: “He’s out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent.”
The Arsenal boss goes on the offensive hitting out at Jose’s ability to flash the cash at Chelsea.
“If you would like to compare every manager you give each one the same amount of resources and say ‘you have that for five years’. After five years you see who has done the most.”
Wenger wasn’t happy about Chelsea’s sale of Juan Mata to Manchester United. “Chelsea have already played twice against Man United, they could have sold him last week. I think if you want to respect the fairness for everybody, this should not happen.”
Jose replies: “Wenger complaining is normal because he always does.
“Normally he should be happy that Chelsea sold a player like Juan Mata, but this is a little bit his nature. I think what is not fair is that his team always has the best days to play.”
Wenger believes that Arsenal’s fellow title hopefuls were keen to downplay their ambitions due to a “fear to fail.” Mourinho pounces: “Am I afraid of failure? He is a specialist in failure. I’m not. So if one supposes he’s right and I’m afraid of failure, it’s because I don’t fail many times. So maybe he’s right. I’m not used to failing. But the reality is he’s a specialist because, eight years without a piece of silverware, that’s failure.”
Wenger shoves Mourinho at Stamford Bridge (Chelsea won 2-0).
JM: “If it was me it would have been a stadium ban.”
Mourinho poked fun at Arsenal’s Champions League exit, after Wenger claimed setting up a team to defend was “easy”.
“It’s not easy. If it was easy, you wouldn’t lose 3-1 at home to Monaco.”
Wenger suggested Jose Mourinho should show him more respect. “The biggest thing for a manager is to respect other managers and some people have to improve on that.”
Mourinho claims Chelsea won the title spending less money than Arsenal.
“If you add up the amounts the clubs have spent in the last three or four years I think maybe you will find a surprise. Get a calculator. That is one of the easiest things to do.”
In response Wenger highlighted Mourinho’s record of developing players. “I believe that one day, if you make real statistics of the players we have developed here, and you compare them to all the other clubs, you would be surprised.”
Mourinho says Wenger is the only manager allowed to criticise referees and the only one not under pressure.
“In the rule book it says some managers can speak about the referees before and after games. Some others cannot. Then comes the list. I am in the list of those who are punished if they speak about the referees before the game. I have to stick to that rule book because I am in the list of those who cannot speak about the referees. In this country only one manager is not under pressure. We cannot be below par. We have to meet the objectives. I have sympathy with all of them because it’s a difficult job. There’s one outside that list but good for him.
“You know. The one who can speak about the referees before the game, after the game, can push people in the technical area, can moan, can cry in the morning, in the afternoon, and nothing happens.
“He cannot achieve and keep his job, still be the king. I say just one.”
Mourinho hits out at the FA for not punishing Wenger for describing Mike Dean as “weak and naive” following Arsenal’s defeat by Chelsea, having fined Mourinho for calling a referee ‘afraid’.
“More difficult for me to understand is when I compare different people with similar behaviours, with different words or with similar words.
“But the word “afraid” is a punishment, and a hard punishment.”
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