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Video - Jose Mourinho launches fresh snips at Arsene Wenger

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Mourinho in unforgiving mood at his Friday press briefing
Mourinho in unforgiving mood at his Friday press briefing

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hinted that Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger is the only manager in English football who is not under pressure and suggested the Gunners boss works to different rules than everyone else.

In an extraordinary verbal assault that brought Wenger into a debate on the three-game suspension handed out to Chelsea striker Diego Costa by the FA, Mourinho scored more verbal points against his enduring rival.

As Mourinho dodged numerous questions on the FA’s decision to hand Costa a three-game suspension, as he came up with an ingenious way to poke fun at the Arsenal manager with these comments.

“I don’t answer because if I answer I am going to be suspended,” Mourinho stated. “I don’t answer because I want to be on the bench.

“I don’t comment and I tell you why. In the rules book, it says some managers can speak about the referee before the game or after the game. Some others, they can not.

“I am in the list that are punished if they speak about referees before and after the games, so I have to stick with that rule book. This is what I am doing. It is an imaginary list, but clearly there is a list.”

It was then that he turned his focus towards an unnamed manager, which many will conclude was Arsenal boss Wenger, as he spoke about the pressure Newcastle boss Steve McClaren and Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers are currently under.

“I think in this country, only one manager is not under pressure,” he added. “Steve is under pressure, I am under pressure, Brendan is under pressure. (Man City boss Manuel) Pellegrini is under pressure.

"We cannot lose matches, we cannot be below the expectations. We have to reach our objectives, so I have sympathy for all of them. It is a difficult job,

“There is one manager who is for some reason outside of that list. Good for him.”

When asked who he was referring to, Mourinho responded: “You know. He can speak about referees before the game, who can speak about referees after the game. He can push people in the technical area. He can cry in the morning, cry in the afternoon, nothing happens.

“He does not achieve and he still keeps the job. Still the king. It is a privilege. Just one out of 20.”

It is hard to know why Mourinho needed to revive his feud with Wenger is such a devious fashion, but this latest outburst will dominate the headlines ahead of this weekend's action.