French and Portuguese trainers are once again at loggerheads.
Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho has reopened his long-running war of words with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The self-styled Special One was responding to the Frenchman’s earlier assertion that managers such as Mourinho only use pre-match mind games because of “a fear of failure”.
However, the Portuguese then responded to those claims in his own press conference on Friday ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup fifth-round ties by saying: “Wenger is a specialist in failure. I’m not.
“If he is right it is because I don’t fail many times. Eight years without a trophy is failure.
“The reality is he is a specialist. Eight years without a piece of silverware, that’s failure. If that was me I would not come back to London. I’m not fearing anything in football.”
But pundits then reacted on Twitter to Mou’s latest barbs by criticising the west London club’s coach, with former England captain and now BBC match of the Day host Gary Lineker saying that Mou was “out of order” for his comments.