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Why 'failure' Wenger has finally beaten Mourinho

Arsene Wenger In Emirates Press Conference

Jose Mourinho is normally the king of mind games. But not this time.

The press room usually belongs to the Special One. It is his territory - and opposing managers know it.

So irked was Pep Guardiola by the phenomenon, in fact, that he once declared: "Here [in Real Madrid's press room], he is the chief, the f***ing man. In here he is the f***ing man and I can't compete with him."

Mourinho's reputation, then, precedes him. He is revered for his psychological abilities and very few managers dare to take him on.

Recently, however, Arsene Wenger - a man famous for coming second-best to the Chelsea boss - seems to have put a different twist on things.

When he first accused his rivals of having a "fear of failure," he was greeted with a classic Mourinho response: "He [Wenger] is a specialist in failure." Another round to Mourinho, then?

Well, no - as what happened in the days that followed may have given Wenger a rare and vital victory over the Portuguese.

Why? Because Mourinho's reputation has taken a severe battering this weekend.

After his "specialist in failure" jibe, the Chelsea boss seemed perturbed, unhappy with the media's portrayal of his comments. As such, he sulked, claiming to have always been made out as "the bad guy."

This presented Wenger with the perfect opportunity - and the less he said, the better he came off.

"I'm embarrassed for him," the Frenchman told reporters after his side had beaten Liverpool in the FA Cup. "It's more embarrassing for Chelsea and Mourinho than it is for me."

Voila. Suddenly, it is Wenger with the ascendancy.

By shrugging off the Portuguese coach's comments and seemingly rising above the spat, the Arsenal boss has given himself the high-ground - and, finally, it is Mourinho who is coming off second-best. 

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