Jose Mourinho: Chelsea boss mocks Arsene Wenger's win record

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (left) and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho
There is little love lost between Wenger (left) and Mourinho
Man City v Chelsea: Barclays Premier League
Venue: Etihad Stadium Date: Sunday, 16 August Kick-off: 16:00 BST Coverage: live commentary on BBC radio 5 live

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has mocked Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger as the Blues prepare to play Manchester City on Sunday.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini signed a new contract recently after finishing a second in the league last season.

When asked if he was surprised by the deal, Mourinho said: "Why? Some other clubs, they have disappointed for 15 years and the manager is the same."

Arsenal last won the Premier League under Wenger in 2003-04.

But the Frenchman, who has been in charge of the Gunners since 1996, has led his side to FA Cup victories for the last two seasons.

Wenger also achieved victory over a Chelsea side managed by Mourinho for the first time in 14 attempts when Arsenal won the Community Shield in this season's curtain raiser.

There is a history of conflicts between the pair, with Mourinho claiming Wenger was "a specialist in failure" in February last year, while the Arsenal boss has previously accused his Chelsea counterpart of being "disrespectful".

Meanwhile, Mourinho says Sunday's game with Manchester City is not crucial at this early stage of the Premier League season.

The reigning champions head to last season's runners-up on the back of a 2-2 home draw with Swansea City in their opening game.

"I cannot say it's crucial, it's decisive, or it's very, very important," said Mourinho.

"But it is two title contenders, and three points."

Manchester City won the title in 2013-14 before finishing eight points behind the Blues last season.

But Mourinho has played down the significance of this weekend's encounter, with the season just one game old.

"The season is very long. Thirty-eight matches is an eternity, a marathon which started last week and ends in around 10 months," he added.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini on Raheem Sterling:
"Maybe we were criticised for the amount we paid for him but I am sure he will demonstrate during the year, especially against the big teams, why he was valued so much. It is always important for young players to play with good players who can improve them, the same way he did with Luis Suarez or Steven Gerrard for Liverpool. Here he will play with David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure... players that will make him improve in a lot of ways. I think last year he scored 11 in all competitions. I am sure this season he will improve."

"If you can get three points and your opponent zero it is important.

"But for sure I am not going to say the game decides anything for the winner or anything for the loser."

While Chelsea were held on the opening weekend, City comfortably beat West Bromwich Albion away 3-0.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 27 league games on a Sunday - since losing 2-0 at Man City in February 2013

The City and Chelsea bosses have a rivalry that dates back to when the Portuguese succeeded Pellegrini as Real Madrid boss in 2010 and made unflattering comments about his Chilean predecessor.

They did not shake hands after their first meeting in England in October 2013.

But Pellegrini said on Friday: "I said the first day I arrived here I have my differences with him but I always shake hands with him."

As for the significance of the game, the Chilean added: "We are not thinking about the title in the second game.

"But we are thinking about trying to win our points at home, especially as we are playing against the champions and one of the teams that has a lot of chances to win the title.

"It is the same as Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham - all the big teams."

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