What They Said: Wenger labels Mourinho as “an embarrassment”, Rodgers blasts Webb after FA Cup defeat
The relationship between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho, reached its lowest ebb, after the Arsenal boss has branded the Portuguese as “an embarrassment”.
We all know Mourinho is a master of playing mind games. Last week, the Chelsea boss said that Wenger is a “specialist in failure”, albeit earlier in the season he claimed to “show my respect always.”
For a man of Wenger’s stature who is arguably one of the greatest managers in the Premier League history, such comments have been seen as derogatory by many fans. Now, Wenger feels that Chelsea football club should be ashamed of Mourinho’s behavior.
Wenger reacted to such comments and said as quoted by The Mirror:
“I do not want to go into silly, disrespectful remarks.
“I never spoke about him in my press conference and I will not start now. The only thing I know is it is more embarrassing for Chelsea than for me.
“I am embarrassed for him. I didn’t speak about him at all in my press conference. Let’s focus on things that are worthy of it. I am more disappointed for Chelsea than for me.”
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has blamed referee Howard Webb for his failure to point a blatant penalty, as the Reds were knocked out of the FA Cup, at the hands of Arsenal.
The Reds were trailing 2-1 at that time, when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain appeared to knock over Luis Suárez in the Arsenal box and it looked as a genuine penalty. What was more shocking was Webb, who earlier awarded Liverpool a penalty, was in the right position, as he had a clear view of the incident.
“You can’t change it but I’ll speak to an assessor or someone because it would be nice to know why it wasn’t given,” said Rodgers.
“For the first one Luis was clipped and the second one was even clearer. Howard was in a great position. I’m not sure whether it was because it was so quickly after the first one. It looks a blatant penalty, so we’re bitterly disappointed to have not got that because that would have kept our momentum going for the final stages, when we were on top.”
As always, Arsene Wenger has a different view to the incident and the Frenchman feels the striker may have been guilty of exaggerating.