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Wenger not my rival –Mourinho

Posted: Apr 25, 2015 at 12:59 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has played down his rivalry with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger before Sunday’s top-of-the-table derby at Emirates Stadium.

The pair clashed last year at Stamford Bridge but Mourinho thinks their relationship is “not important”.

Mourinho (left) and Wenger

Mourinho (left) and Wenger

Mourinho said: “The only thing that matters is the football game. For me, he is not my rival.

“He is the manager of a big club in the same city where I work. It is a big club with the same objectives we have.”

Chelsea is 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League with six games remaining.

Chelsea will be champions if it beats Arsenal, which has won eight league games in a row.

Mourinho said his relationship with Wenger was the same as he had experienced at previous clubs.

He said: “It is no different from when I was at Inter with the Milan manager, at Real with the Atletico manager, or Porto with Benfica. It was the same.”

Mourinho called Wenger a “voyeur” in 2005 over comments he made about events at Stamford Bridge and last year described the Frenchman as a “specialist in failure”.