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Mourinho: Wenger always complaining

ESPN staff
January 24, 2014
Juan Mata is set to complete a £37 million move to Manchester United from Chelsea

Jose Mourinho has reignited his old war of words with Arsene Wenger after accusing the Arsenal manager of "always complaining".

Best of enemies

Wenger and Mourinho in 2007 © Getty Images
  • Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have had plenty of digs at each other over the years. Here are their greatest hits:
  • Oct 2005: "I think he is one of these people who is a voyeur. He likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, they have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. He speaks and speaks and speaks about Chelsea."
  • Apr 2008: "The English like statistics a lot. Do they know that Arsene Wenger has only 50 per cent of wins in the English league?"
  • Dec 2013: ""Boring Chelsea? I agree. I played against them 10 times and I never lost, it's boring. Funny, funny Jose? 10 times they don't win once."
  • Feb 2005: "Take what Arsenal and Chelsea have won in the past eight years. I go with reality, with the football we play and the challenge we have ahead. I don't see especially that Chelsea play more English players than we do. Who have they produced, homegrown? Just one, John Terry."
  • Aug 2005: "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."
  • Nov 2005: "He's out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes."

Wenger stated on Thursday that Juan Mata's £37 million sale to Manchester United is "not fair" and amounts to Chelsea "playing with the transfer market".

Mourinho responded by saying such comments are merely in Wenger's "nature", and then claimed it is not fair that Arsenal get an easier schedule.

"Wenger complaining is normal because he always does," Mourinho stated.

"It's something that we know. When a player plays for a club on August 20th and, two weeks later, on September 5th, plays against the same club with a different shirt, this is normal.

"This is the market. We don't do the market, we don't do the rules. We have just to do according to the rules.

"If Wenger sells [Mesut] Ozil to Man United in this moment, I will be very happy because he's selling a very important player. I'm not concerned with other things. So, normally, he should be very happy that Chelsea sold a player like Juan Mata.

"But I think it's also a bit of his nature. We have to accept the way he is. But when he says that this is not fair, I think what is not fair is that his team always has the best days to play. Always. Always.

In the Capital One Cup, we had to play 24 hours after. They had 72 hours. That's not fair. This week, a week without a midweek game, what everyone wants to do is play before to rest ahead of next week. One plays on Friday, another on Sunday. Who plays Friday? Who plays Sunday?

"When you go to the fixtures this season, it's never fair because they always get the right to rest and the right time to play. It's fantastic. That's not fair."

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