Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger have a history of engaging in a petty war-of-words.
The Portuguese boss mounted a scathing attack on Wenger earlier in the season, when he labelled the Frenchman an ‘expert in failure’, and this led to a number of high profile football figures calling for a truce between the rivals. The situation, however, has been simmering since then.
Despite a relatively poor 2014, Arsenal are all-but certain to retain a top four spot this season (Arsenal are four points clear of nearest rivals Everton - with two games to go - in the race for fourth place), and they have an excellent opportunity to end their nine-year trophy drought when they take on Hull City in the FA Cup final later this month.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have offered a credible fight in their bid to win both the Premier League and regain the Champions League this season. For all their efforts, however, the Blues look set to finish the season trophy-less for the first time since the 2010/11 season.
Whilst Wenger has often admitted that he considered a top four spot in the Premier League as a successful season, Mourinho scoffed at the idea Friday, reminding the press - in a subtle dig at the Frenchman - that there's no silverware at stake for a top four finish.
'It’s not a cup. I don’t want to get a bonus for finishing in the top four. No way, no way. The moment I think like that I’m in trouble', he is quoted in the Mirror.
Despite having a won a host of trophies throughout his managerial career, however, Chelsea's boss only has the Spanish Super Cup to his name over the past two seasons. An Arsenal victory over Hull City at Wembley on May 17th will enable Wenger to even the recent score.
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