EPL News: Jose Mourinho Admits Arsene Wenger Is One of the Best in History

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Jose Mourinho during Monday night's Laureus World Sports Awards put behind him the rivalry that had existed between him and Arsene Wenger as he heaped praise on him.

The duo had it so tough during their time in the Premier League where they had a series of physical and verbal clashes. We will not forget quickly how the Portuguese termed the Frenchman 'a specialist in failure' with the latter also guilty of pushing the former on a matchday.

All the battles no doubt were not personal but just a tussle for supremacy and now that they are both out of football management, every underlying factor that had influenced their relationship has been put behind.

Mourinho in his encomium recognised the class of Wenger by referring to him as one of the best managers football has ever produced.

“There were some episodes along the road,” Mourinho said in a recorded message at Monday night’s Laureus World Sports Awards.

“I can only speak by myself. I really enjoyed the competition. But the real respect is always there. He made lots of history in that football club.

“One of the best football managers in the history of football.”

The concluding years of Wenger were not nice - the Gunners could not make it to the Champions League for two consecutive seasons. He also could not lay his hands on the trophy throughout his stay at the Emirates Stadium. Despite these, he is still held with high regards which was why he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 69-year-old won three Premier League and seven FA Cup titles before ending his 22-year reign last season. Of all these, his greatest achievement came in the 2003/04 campaign when he guarded the Invincibles through a season-long unbeaten run in the league and Mou did not leave that out.

“The nickname is there – the Invincibles,” he added. “Amazing. A coaching philosophy, the almost perfect team.”

The Gunners will continue their Premier League campaign in a game against Southampton on Sunday followed by another with Bournemouth three days later. before the aforementioned will be the second leg of the Europa League round of 32 tie against BATE Borisov on Thursday.

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