Former Aston Villa, Liverpool and England star Stan Collymore has sided with Arsene Wenger in the recent war of words with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
Collymore suggested in a Google Plus Hangout for Bleacher Report that the Chelsea boss was wrong to launch an attack on Wenger last week, suggesting the Arsenal boss was correct to say he was embarrassed for the Portuguese coach.
Mourinho branded Wenger a ‘specialist in failure’ following a question at a press conference where a journalist implied that Wenger had said Mourinho was afraid to fail at the West London club.
“I really don't know why people take that much notice of him (Mourinho) - The Arsene Wenger stuff was quite incredible - Arsene didn't even mention the bloke and he was right to say I'm actually embarrassed for him,” said Collymore.
Collymore also suggested that the recent comments from Mourinho could be a tactic from the Chelsea boss to deflect attention and criticism away from his won team and faults with current first team players.
Mourinho is one of the best in the business when it comes to deflecting attention and taking focus away from his players, placing it onto himself or other managers at rival clubs.
“What we're not talking about is Chelsea's failings on the pitch - we're not micromanaging Chelsea's eleven in the same way we're micromanaging Arsenal's - we're fixed on Jose and we're not talking about his team and he'll be delighted with that,” he added.
There hasn’t been an awful lot to criticise about Chelsea this season because they stand a great chance of winning the Premier League title and they face a winnable Champions League game against Galatasaray next week.
Had Mourinho’s attack on Wenger come this week then the idea it was a tactic to deflect attention away from his team would have been more understandable, as the Blues lost in the FA Cup at Manchester City last weekend.
Mourinho’s superb when it comes to mind games and he knows how to affect opponents, ruffling their feathers to try and spot signs of weakness which allow him to apply the pressure.
It’s not the first controversial topic he’s started this season and it certainly won’t be the last.
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