Mourinho rules Chelsea out of the title race, and says Wenger has it easy at Arsenal

The Real Madrid manager has passed judgement on both the title race and the competition for Champions League football in the Premier League, backing the Manchester clubs and Tottenham Hotspur ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal.

It is clear that Jose Mourinho has kept a close eye on proceedings in England since he left Chelsea, and this weekend he has commented on how the Premier League’s top clubs will line up at the end of the season.

The news is good for Manchester United and Manchester City, who the Portuguese manager has backed for the title race, and also for Tottenham Hotspur, who are set to pip rivals Arsenal to a Champions League place.

Mourinho said Chelsea’s loss to QPR has “killed their chance of being champions,” but that they would certainly fight for a top four place, and they would be joined there by Tottenham, rather than Arsenal.

The Real Madrid manager also said he would love to have the stability Wenger enjoys at Arsenal, but that he thrives under the pressure to succeed that perhaps isn’t present at the club:

“But at the same time I think for my mentality I also need the pressure to succeed - and if no one imposes that pressure on me then I would impose that pressure on myself.”

This seems a fairly damning indictment of both Wenger and Arsenal, as it suggests that neither the manager or the club are creating that drive for success. It is also unfair, as Mourinho has never been in the position that Wenger is in at Arsenal, and this is because he has never stuck around long enough to try and rebuild a winning side. If he truly would like the stability Wenger has at a club, he needs to stay with one for more than three seasons.

Arsene Wenger has become increasingly focussed on finishing in the Champions League places over recent years, rather than winning competitions, but that’s partly because the obscene wealth at some sides has taken those trophies out of Arsenal’s reach. Mourinho, on the other hand, has enjoyed being at those rich clubs, and has been able to compete for the top honours as a result. Until he builds a legacy at one club anywhere near comparable to Wenger’s at Arsenal, Mourinho should perhaps refrain from commenting on the side.

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