Failure? No. Bayern boss sides with Wenger over recent criticism

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola believes success and failure shouldn’t be based on silverware alone.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Arsenal, Bayern boss Pep Guardiola had words of comfort for Arsene Wenger.

Over the past weeks Wenger and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho have been involved in a petty war of words. The two great managers’ relationship has always been rocky, but Mourinho’s recent attack where he said Wenger is ‘a specialist in failure’ arguably crossed the line.

Pundits, journalists and fans alike have all taken to social networking sites to have their say on the matter, with several views differing.

Former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola – a winner of 13 major trophies in just six years as a professional football manager – shared his view on the situation, backing Wenger by illustrating that success and failure isn’t just determined by silverware.

He said: “This life is not just about winning trophies.”

“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Arsenal compete with huge teams. Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City - they are important teams. But Arsenal remains a good team and good club.”

“I have a lot of respect for my colleague Arsene: he always likes the good, good players, the good style of football.”

Despite Wenger’s lack of silverware over the last eight years, a reason why he has remained at the top is his ability to develop players – a successful part of the job which Mourinho has yet to demonstrate to some degree.

There is no doubting that Mourinho can get the best out of his current players, as Chelsea’s John Terry and Frank Lampard improved immensely under the Portuguese’s guidance – but where are those cheap unknown players who turned into superstars? Who has been Mourinho’s Cesc Fabregas, Robin Van Persie, Kolo Toure or Patrick Vieira?

As Pep says, Arsenal have to contend with huge clubs with massive budgets – but most importantly, they are forever competing.

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