Mourinho: 'We'd love to have the privilege Wenger has had'

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Jose Mourinho addressed the media ahead of tomorrow lunchtime's Premier League clash against Arsenal.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that any manager would love the same privilege as Arsene Wenger ahead of the Frenchman’s 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal.

Mourinho and Wenger have had a war of words at times this season – which has included the Chelsea boss branding the Arsenal chief as a ‘specialist in failure’ earlier on in the season.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash with the Gunners, Mourinho said: “I believe that any one of us [managers] would love to have the same privilege with our clubs.

“I admire him and I admire Arsenal. It is not possible to have 1,000 matches unless the club is also a fantastic club who support their manager especially in the bad moments - and when the bad moments are quite a lot.”

Mourinho added that it is very difficult to accumulate such a number of games in charge of one club, but said if he reached 500 in charge of Chelsea for both of his managerial reigns at Stamford Bridge combined it would be 'fantastic'.

The Chelsea manager also seemed displeased at the FA charge that went his way this week following the Blues’ 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa at Villa Park last weekend. Both Willian and Ramires were sent off in the fixture and will miss out on tomorrow’s crucial clash at Stamford Bridge through suspension.

Mourinho said he does not accept the charge of improper conduct after he was sent from the dugout last weekend by referee Chris Foy.

In terms of injury news, Ashley Cole will miss out this weekend but Marco Van Ginkel will begin his comeback from a knee ligament injury for the Chelsea under-21’s against Manchester United this evening.

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