Wenger said that the Premier League title is Chelsea’s to lose as they currently sit on top, and has said that managers who rule their sides out of the title race are doing it out of fear of failure.
But, speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the FA Cup tie with Manchester City tomorrow evening, Mourinho said he wouldn’t want eight years off Roman Abrahamovich to try and build a team, and has said he isn’t afraid of anything in football.
Mourinho said: ‘If, supposedly he (Arsene Wenger) is right and I am afraid of failure it is because I don't fail many times. He is specialist because eight years without silverware is very long. If I do that with Chelsea, I leave and I don't come back.’
The Chelsea manager swiftly moved on to his priority of trying to mastermind a second win against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium this month.
However, he will have to do it without his defensive partnership as John Terry is still out with a muscle injury, as is his partner Gary Cahill who picked up a calf injury in the midweek draw against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns and didn’t finish a training session this week ‘in the best of conditions.’ The England defender is set to have a scan on the problem.
Mourinho has said this game against City will be different to the meeting earlier in the month – where Chelsea won 1-0, and has said he doesn’t want a replay.
‘It’s very difficult for a match to be the same. Is the approach the same in the sense of we’re going to try to win despite we know we’re going to play against the best team in this country? Then yes.
‘It is not easy to play consecutive matches against the same team. You try to read the previous game and try to improve. Sometimes you can be influenced by the direction the game takes.
‘We know they (Manchester City) are strong. Our priority is always the next match.’
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