By Tai Emeka Obasi…
He called himself the special one and ever since has been living in the Utopian world of truly being the best. He still sees himself as not only the best coach in the world but also the most important personality in the business, if not ever created.
The ex-Chelsea coach is perhaps one of the only two living individuals that can start a fight in an empty room. The other is, of course, the United State’s president-elect, Donald Trump.
The Portuguese has been characteristically wetting everywhere with the incongruous spit escaping from his mandibles while dishing out excessively irate diatribes.
It is a huge surprise, shocking really, that Jose Mourinhio is suddenly agreeing that the word LUCK exists in football. He now sees his team, Manchester United, as the most unlucky side in the English Premiership. Suddenly Arsenal, of all teams, were lucky against his team.
But in the not-too-distant past the sacked Real Madrid coach never accepted any piece of his trophy haul ever had anything to do with luck. It usually was his tactical acumen. During the time when volcanic ash forced then best team in the world, Barcelona to travel by coach to their away game (since UEFA refused to postpone matches because of their being no flights, the then Inter Milan manger got the better of a fatigued Pep Guardiola-managed side by 3-1. It was a setback the Catalan giants couldn’t overturn in Camp Non and the always dramatic Portuguese only thumped his chest while celebrating his tactical nous.
All the time he got out-played by Arsenal and even in many cases when the North London outfit were reduced in numbers via questionable officiating for Mourinho to beat Arsene Wenger, the ‘special one’ saw no luck.
But in a match where the only real chance Man United created resulted in Juan Mata’s goal, Mourinho has been screaming how he could have massacred Arsenal by 10-0. Arsenal’s Petr Cech made only two noteworthy saves in the entire 90 minutes … and neither of the efforts should have beaten any EPL goalkeeper. The only effort that deserved to go past Cech went past him. Perhaps Mourinho chooses to ignore the fact that the best chance of the entire game fell to Alexis Sanchez, who nodded wide.
One could see the Hollywood-worthy artist remonstrating on the side lines for what he believed was a penalty when Nacho Monreal appeared to have upended Antonio Valencia in the Arsenal’s box. But the Portuguese, in his known abject hypocrisy, chose not to gyrate when referee Andre Mariner ignored giving Mattaeo Darmain a deserved second booking and early showers just before the ‘penalty’ incident. If the referee had done his job on Darmain, Valencia would still be trying to restore balance – avoid conceding to a team with superior man advantage – than thinking of marauding into the opponents’ box.
But the ever cantankerous Portuguese would ignore all these issues and stick his evil dagger into Wenger saying – ‘he hasn’t built a championship team in 14 years’. The under pressure Man Utd manager would want the press to question Wenger on why he has not won in 14 years instead of coming after him that hasn’t won in 18 months.
Question is – who defines success? Mourinho?
The Arsenal board set their targets … and have kept Wenger for 20 years and counting, meant those targets must have been met by the Frenchman. While the ex-Porto coach is obsessed with trophies as the only thing that matter in football, those who invested genuinely-gotten wealth know otherwise.
First things first – football is business.
Wenger was winning trophies on yearly basis for the ten years he managed at Highbury. But after changing the face of the English football with his attractive and result-oriented football, the ex-Monaco coach knew his club, as a brand, needed to aspire for real greatness. And Le Prof has been a resounding SUCCESS on this front, a fact the entire board cherish. The Emirates Stadium is an edifice that dwarfs all Mourhinho’s trophies even if he wins more 100. And more – the Arsenal board know that.
Coming to building a championship team , if Wenger had spent over £150 million adding Paul Pogba, Eric Baily, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to his last season’s squad, he’d be at least five pints clear this very moment.
The loud-mouthed Portuguese would think of trophies and building teams. Yet, he let talents like Cech, Kevin Debruyne, Romalu Lukaku, Mata, David Luis, etc leave Chelsea. Today, Anthony Martial, who won the best world youth player last season is dwindling under Mourinho. Who knows how much longer Marcus Rashford would last if Man Utd board are crazy enough to keep the Frustrated One beyond this season.
Why this obsession about everything Wenger? Mourinho once called Wenger a voyeur in those early days he felt on top of the world. Today is is obviously Mourinho who is clearly that voyeur.
But whatever Mourinho does don’t ever underrate the loquacious one. He’s only winding Wenger up to distract the Arsenal gaffer. Of the five ‘big’ coaches in England – Wenger, Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Antonio Conte … Mourinho has not beaten any of them in the league this season. And besides Wenger, he has inferior head-to-head with the other three. Any coincidence that all three are well ahead of Mou on the table? Plus Wenger, of course. So what is Jose trying to do? Distract the only one of them he hopes to overtake, distract him well enough to falter so that he, Mourinho makes top 4.
I just hope that Le Prof is far smarter than falling to the antics of the Fr.ustrated One this time around.
From the Arsenal History Society
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