Arsene Wenger, and Jose Mourinho are one of the biggest rivals in the Premier League. One of the reasons for this rivalry is because they are the managers of two strongest clubs in London. The other reason is that they really don’t like each other. In next couple of paragraphs I am going to compare this two managers!
Arsene Wenger, and Jose Mourinho look different, they talk different, they are from different countries, and they have different styles. In fact they are completely different. No wonder they don’t like each other.
Arsene Wenger is tall and skinny Frenchman, while Mourinho is rather small, and a bit chubby Portuguese. Basically, one looks like a Buzzard, while the other one looks like a mouse! Wenger usually has problems with his zippers, while Mourinho doesn’t know how to control his medical team.
Wenger likes his teams to play open attacking football, with a lots of possession. On the other hand, Mourinho likes to play very closed defensive football. This means that Wenger’s teams are much more watchable than Mourinho’s, while Mourinho tends to win more trophies than Wenger. This is one of the reasons why Wenger has such a poor record against Mourinho.
In General, a game between Arsenal and Chelsea is a battle of attack (Arsenal) vs defense (Chelsea). In Wenger and Mourinho case, defense usually wins (or draws).
Wenger has so far managed four different clubs, while Mourinho has managed six different clubs. Wenger longest stay has been 19 years at Arsenal, while Mourinho’s longest stay has been at Chelsea, where he has been for five years (first, and second stint together)
Mourinho has won 22 (mostly big) trophies, while Wenger has won 19 trophies. Trophies that Wenger won, were less important than those won by Mourinho, and the fact is that Wenger is 65 years old, while Mourinho is only 52 years old. There are 13 years of managerial experience between the two, which makes Mourinho a lot more effective, at least in terms of trophies won.
This difference is rather comical, and makes Mourinho a “specialist in failure” against Wenger. This also proves that money is the key for winning top trophies. People who are calling for Wenger to “spend some fuc**** money” to win Premier League, are quite right!
When comparing the winning percentage between the two managers, you can see that Mourinho has ten percent better overall winning percentage than Wenger, but that isn’t that much more, given that Mourinho managed half the games Wenger has managed. Although Mourinho has more wins, Wenger isn’t much worse!
When Mourinho announced that he is The Special One, he forgot to finish the sentence. He should say that he is The Special One In Mind Games. He is excellent in putting other manager under pressure, while taking pressure away from his team.
Mourinho managed to win a lot of games “outside the field”, because of his mind games. I think that this is the main reason why he has such a good statistic against top clubs. He has played 40 games against top 5 teams, and has only 3 defeats, 14 draws, and incredibly 23 wins. This is truly incredible.
Arsene Wenger isn’t known as some zen mind master, but he is very good with money. The fact is that Wenger usually buys cheap, and sells expensive. This makes Wenger the best (ever) financial football manager.
Being good at money didn’t help Wenger with his stats against top 5 teams. This has always been a problem he had at Arsenal. Overall he had a 35 win percentage against Chelsea; 31 win percentage against Liverpool, and Manchester United; Wenger also had 29 win percentage against Manchester City. This means that Wenger is rather poor against the best teams, but quite good against the bad teams. In other words, Mourinho is better when the things get tough.
Wenger’s biggest weakness is his stubbornness. He doesn’t like to change stuff. I mean his philosophy is the same as when he began his first managerial post at Nancy. This is also the reason why Arsenal always has the same problems.
Too much trust in young players, not enough experienced players, having a lot of money, and not spending it, saying “there isn’t any value on the market”, constant injuries,… This are all (in a way) problems created by Wenger’s stubbornness.
Mourinho’s biggest weakness is his “over” motivation. He can motivate players to achieve unprecedented success, but he can only do this for a couple of years (two). After that period, everything seems to fall apart.
Players are simply exhausted because they have to play 101 percent every game, for two years. Their form drops, and they simply aren’t the same team they were before. This is the main reason why Mourinho hasn’t managed any team, more than three years together.
If Mourinho wants to stay longer in a club than three years, than he is going to have to learn how to keep players less exhausted after two years. If he does that, than he won’t win as many trophies in first two years, but he is going to be more successful in the long run.
While Wenger must make some room for flexibility. He would definitely ease some pressure on him by the fans, and some things would really improve. Like better results, and less injuries!
Both managers would profit a lot of they would try and fix their main weaknesses. Still, because of their weaknesses they managed to get so far as they did. Mourinho over motivation has got him the biggest successes, while Wenger stubbornness has made Arsenal one of the most (financially) stable football clubs in the world.
Its very hard to say who is better, but this article wasn’t meant to be some kind of battle, its merely an indication how different are this two managers. Still, you would probably pick Wenger if you are a club low on money, and aren’t in any rush to win “big” trophies. However, If you are a club full of money, but in serious need of trophies, than Mourinho would be your choice.
Everything about Mourinho, and Wenger is different, except that they are both managers in Premier League. It doesn’t matter what will happen in the future with these two. They are both going to be remembered as the two of the best managers ever in football.
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