Tottenham finished sixth in Premier League able and miss Champions League football under manager Mourinho.
Tottenham Hotspur boss may now realize the importance of what Wenger meant when he called the top 4 a ‘trophy’ in itself. The ex-Arsenal boss has had some historic rivalries, from the Fergie-Wenger feud to the Mourinho pandemonium. But one of the many things he was spot-on about was the implications of a Champions League position.
As Jose Mourinho dithers out of the top 6, with the final game deciding their European fate, he may finally come down from his pillar of apoplectic arrogance and understand the ‘Old Man’ definitely had a point.
Arsenal still miss their legendary gaffer Arsène Wenger
Arsène Wenger has been one of the Premier League’s most established leaders. When the famed ‘Invincibles’ lifted the golden Premier League trophy, the young Frenchman, Arsène Wenger knew his artistry bore wonderful fruits. In fact, all of Arsenal’s premier league titles (3 of them), came under Wenger. He won the FA Cup a remarkable seven times, more than any manager in history.
But Wenger stuttered in the modern era, as Arsenal’s performance graph went on descending in the last decade. The Dark Knight’s references began an association with the gaffer – “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain”. #Wengerout began trending twitter. Banners flew over Bet365 stadium demanding his sacking.
But after he left, the wound is still open as Arsenal languish at No.10 in the premier league table with one game remaining. They are potentially looking at their worst performance since 1995 as history absolves Wenger’s recent failures.
The Special One : Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho, apparently, has had an anti-hero status ever since he started in England. Beginning with humble victories, the Portuguese became hot property when he won the Champions League with Porto. “I’m not of the bottle. I think I’m a special one”, he had said in 2004.
Since then he has had quite successful stints in England or otherwise with likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Manchester United. Jose has had some ugly spats with Wenger. He has called Arsène Wenger a “voyeur” and a “specialist in failure” with a touchline scuffle embroiled at Stamford Bridge.
Times have now changed and Jose now competes with a mid-table Tottenham Hotspur, desperately hoping to reach the bottom edge of European football. He is corralled in a ‘Daniel Levy’ budget and often throws in players under the bus for managerial shortcomings. Harsh as it may sound, the ‘Special One’ is way past his prime.
But he hasn’t bit the dust yet. Ever since Spurs signed Mourinho, they have ameliorated substantially. A July 8 report shows Spurs would be 4th if the league began after he joined Tottenham Hotspur – something he has been tom-tomming around for some time now. Apparently, the league began…