Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho took a shot at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during a press conference Friday, saying he’s the only manager not under pressure.
Mourinho was speaking to the media ahead of Chelsea’s game against Newcastle on Sunday. The Portuguese manager didn’t name Wenger by name, but it was clear that he doesn’t hold the Frenchman in very high regards.
“In this country, only one manager is not under pressure,” Mourinho told The Daily Mail.
“Every other manager is. I am under pressure, Steve (McClaren) is under pressure, Pellegrini is under pressure, Brendan (Rodgers) too. We cannot be below par. We have to meet the objectives.
‘I have sympathy with all of them, because it’s a difficult job. There’s one outside that list, but good for him. I have sympathy for Steve.
“He can not achieve, keep his job, still be the king. I say just one.”
Mourinho also talked about the FA’s decision to rescind Gabriel’s red card that he got in the game against Chelsea.
“One of the things that was clear in football was that, when a player reacts to something that happened before – like Matic reacting last season (against Burnley) after a criminal tackle – retaliation was always punished in football,” Mourinho said.
“Now we know it isn’t always. You can do that. You can do that.”
Mourinho declined to comment if referees will play closer attention to his striker Diego Costa from now on after he was suspended three games for violent conduct.
“I tell you why,” Mourinho said. “In the rules book it says some managers can speak about the referees before and after games. Some others cannot.
“Then comes the list. I am in the list of those who are punished if they speak about the referees before the game. I have to stick to that rule book and I am in the list of those who cannot speak about the referees.”