Jose Mourinho: Wenger reportedly called Portuguese manager 'stupid' during their first meeting

Jose Mourinho: Wenger reportedly called Portuguese manager 'stupid' during their first meeting

- Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger were involved in a rivalry that lasted for 14 years

- Both managers clashed on several occasions when their teams met at topflight level

- Mourinho recorded ten wins in 19 meetings as Wenger only managed two victories

Jose Mourinho was reportedly called stupid by his rival Arsene Wenger during his first confrontation with the French manager in the Premier League.

Both managers' first clash was in December 2004 when Mourinho traveled to Highbury to get a 2-2 draw with the Gunners.

The Portuguese gaffer took charge of the Stamford Bridge club in 2003 and won the league for the club for first time in 50 years which Wenger labelled him as "the chequebook manager".

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Wenger claimed Mourinho's previous Premier League success got into his head when the Gunners met the defending champions in 2004.

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Wenger said of Mourinho: "He's out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent."

Mourinho then hit back after Wenger made abusive comments about him: "They go season after season getting players like [Thierry] Henry, [Patrick] Vieira and [Jose Antonio] Reyes. It's a big surprise to me if Seville gave Reyes for free as a Christmas gift. Reyes last Christmas was quite an expensive gift."

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The rivalry lasted for 14 years even when Mourinho switched to managing Manchester United before Wenger finally quit the Emirates in 2018.

Mourinho also enjoyed a long rivalry with legendary United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, but was based on mutual respect, not as fierce as the one he had with Wenger.

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The Portuguese tactician played a Wenger's side 19 times and Mourinho won his counterpart ten times with Frenchman just managing two victories.

Arsenal famously pushed Mourinho in 2014 during Arsenal's 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge with the Portuguese describing his rival as a gossiper.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane saga has taken another turn as former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has blamed the Egyptian striker for been too obsessed about scoring.

Jurgen Klopp has played down Mane's angry gesture after being substituted in Liverpool's 3-0 win against Burnley last weekend.

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