Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho: Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger is not my rival
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho runs the rule over his rivalry with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
Jose Mourinho has played down his rivalry with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ahead of The Emirates clash on Sunday.
The Chelsea manager clashed with the Frenchman on the touchline at Stamford Bridge during the west London side’s 2-0 victory over Arsenal earlier in the season.
Mourinho has never lost to Wenger’s Gunners side during two spells in charge of the Premier League leaders, building up a 12-game unbeaten streak.
Despite physical and verbal spats over the past 11 years, Mourinho insisted that he doesn’t have an issue with the 65-year-old despite their London rivalry.
“For me, he’s not my rival,” Mourinho told his pre-match media conference at Cobham training ground on Friday afternoon.
“I don’t feel that. He’s a manager of a big club in a city where I work and live with the same objectives.
“Because of that, there is always a bit of rivalry, but I don’t see Wenger as any different to the Atletico manager when I was with Real [Madrid].”
Mourinho, who sealed a return to Chelsea in June 2013 after a five-year absence, masterminded victories over Arsenal on Wenger’s 500th and 1,000th games in charge of the north London side.
Chelsea are 10 points clear of second-placed Arsenal at the top of the table ahead of their clash at Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.