The difference between Wenger and Mourinho – From the man that knows

Arsene Wenger has always maintained that it is extremely important for Arsenal to play beautiful attractive football that will entertain the fans. He has also emphasised that he doesn’t worry too much about opposing teams tactics and sticks to playing The Arsenal Way, then winning will come naturally. It has been exciting to watch over the years but it is obviously detrimental to actually winning games, according to the man that has played under both Mourinho and Wenger for many years, Petr Cech.

Jose Mourinho, on the other hand, plays his team according to the opposition. Parking the bus when necessary or attacking from the start if he believes that is the right way to get something from the game. As Petr described it: “When he [Mourinho] arrived at Chelsea from Porto, he brought the main thing: he came from a club where it was not acceptable to him to finish second of the championship.

“He brought the same spirit in Chelsea. He thinks only about victory, whatever the price.

“He hates draws. If we returned to the dressing room with a draw, it was known that he would not be satisfied.

“On the other hand, he also wanted be able to keep a 1-0 or beat a team 5-0 if possible. No matter how, Mourinho wants the result.

“The philosophy at Arsenal is completely opposed to this: it is not win at all costs but we want to win with a good way of playing. This is beginning to change in our approach.”

It is good that Cech thinks that Wenger is changing his philosophy, but it doesn’t seem to working so far this season. In fact the players don’t seem to know what their roles are any more, or simply don’t agree with the new approach. But could Wenger really become a ruthless winner like Mourinho after all this time of playing pretty football?

Darren N.

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  1. JustJoy says:

    Moureeen is younger and in a new club..
    And have been sacked, won all trophies etc

    Wenger is old and have never change a club in 20+ years,. Never been sacked, yet to win The capital one. Etc

    Hmm change…

    1. bran99 says:

      Hehehe very true

  2. Sue says:

    Yes he’s been very successful but he is such a bell end!

    1. andydale says:

      Would rather have a successful bell end, Than what we got now.

    2. Dev says:

      Its better to have a successful bell end than a useless bell end that we have now

    3. Sue says:

      Can’t believe I got a thumb down for that comment!

    4. Turbo says:

      I must agree here that I find Mourinho a complete and total insufferable tool. Wouldn’t want him anywhere near my beloved Arsenal. As much as I think Arsene must go for the team to get anywhere anymore, there are plenty of quality coaches out there who are both totally dedicated to winning and don’t take any BS excuses from players, but are also admirable and respectable human beings. I want both qualities for whomever leads the Gunners and hopefully as near in the future as possible!

  3. Arseneout says:

    the truth is i hate mourinho but the fact mourinho is successful he succeed when first came to chelsea and succeed in inter and brock the barchalona possesion in the league then return to chelsea and won the epl and now he will win with manchester, beleive that while wenger is living in the past and he is unable to develope or change. Mourinho is miles better then Wenger

    1. bran99 says:

      Wenger is busy thumbing down every reasonable comment.. hahahaha! Whoever you are you just a fraud

  4. chris says:

    Wenger’s philosophy has cost us dear for the last decade. It is true what they say …. he had his great years when he had a ready made top defence. Without that he would have left some 15 years ago.

  5. arie82 says:

    Mou, the man who send the list of players he want to the board, no matter the price, or the sallary is, He must have it
    The end

    1. arie82,
      Who cares if he sends a list to the board no matter the price and gets it. In today’s game that’s what it takes to be successful. What you think the way AFC, Wenger and our board do it is better, that’s exactly the reason why we ain’t successful mate. Seriously some people .

      1. GunnerJack says:

        @ J Saleh – arie82 is in fact agreeing with what you say, before you said it. Read his comment again and note that he says Mou is stating exactly what he wants up front and early on – in stark contrast to Wenger’s dithering, indecisive and insipid milk and water approach: ‘Maybe’ ‘Maybe not’, ‘Perhaps we should . . .’ ‘Perhaps we shouldn’t’, ‘What if this, what if that . . .’ Wish someone would take Wenger by the throat and give him a good rattling and say ‘For F***s sake GET ON WITH IT MAN!

    2. Mobella says:

      That is why he always choose the club that can spend and not the one that can’t. Personally, I like he always want to win but he is not in my A-list coach. I will take coaches like Ancelotti, Hiddink, Benitez over him everyday.

      1. bran99 says:

        Still 100 times better than our pensionable manager

    3. Frank says:

      And Man U will be competing for the Premier League, possibly even win it while we are fighting for 7th with West Brom.

  6. arsenal_for_life says:

    Quite different managers
    both with with illustrious records.

  7. ArseOverTit says:

    Arsene Wonga is settled, content, and believes he has nothing to prove to anyone anymore.

    Mourinho on the hand has everything to prove and instilled this into his teams. Winning is everything.

  8. AllDwayfromAfriCa says:

    wenger was sacked by Monaco@ joy..
    to think I used to admire the man…now all I see is a lost vessel pretending to be the man we all used to love.
    I guess you either die a hero or live long enough to become the villain.

  9. Goonergaz59 says:

    Correction we used to play beautiful football but not for a while. Our game at the moment is full of schoolboy errors and to many players under performing and don’t give a monkeys ..God knows what the 2 new boys are thinking .probably what the hell have we done.the bad eggs need to be removed starting from the top and work down and quickly before the contamination gets to an epademic………..

  10. Arsenal_Girl says:

    When he came back to Chelsea he decided that Chelsea needed a CAM and prolific striker to win the Premier League. So he got Fabregas and Costa and won the Premier League.

    That’s it. He knows exactly what the team needs and meets those needs

    Wenger still hasn’t replaced Viera. He just replaced RVP this season with Lacazette. He keeps average players ie Coquelin, Eleny Ramsey, Welbeck and expects them to win the PL. Mourinho is a better manager than Wenger

    Another difference is that Mourinho is a first class, grade A, JERK. Wenger is more of a gentleman. Wenger is a better human being

  11. arsenal-steve says:

    The truth is that the modern game is passing Wenger by. He is clueless about it. Arsenal are in the worst state I have seen for many years. From the days of Santi, Jack and sometimes Rosicky (remember Jacks Norwich goal) the midfield has plummeted. Xhaka, Elneny and Ramsey. Xhaka and Elneny are static statues. Where is the beautiful football? It’s not there. Our defence, in the middle three is barely OK. Good full backs in Kosalniac and Bellerin, (as long as Wenger plays them on the correct wings….dodo Wenger). We cannot complain about our attacking talent, they are maybe potentially one of the best in the EPL. If we had a good midfield and a better defence we could challenge. But let’s get something straight. We no longer play beautiful football and our manager is tired and genuinely past it.

  12. legend henry says:

    MOURINHO : Expect in SUCCESS
    Has footballing brains in modern football

    WENGER: Expect in FAILURE
    Cannot motivate a child to bath
    Senseless in modern day football

  13. Nothing changed says:

    Mourinho is also more intelligent. He was right to point out that they closed the Lukaku deal as soon as they could and had they waited till after the Neymar deal they would have had to offer 50 million pounds more to get Lukaku.

    Most of us have been pointing out for years that Wenger’s indecisiveness in the transfer market invites big problems. Whether it is because of other teams getting time to buy our targets whilst we dither or whether teams up the prices of our targets because big bench mark deals get done whilst we flip-flop.

    Case in point, we made several offers for Lemar but stayed 5 million away from their €55 million asking, then the Neymar deal gets done and we up our offer in the final minutes of the transfer window to 92 million!!! That is plain stupid.

    Wenger somehow believes that the best business is done on the final day and that is simply not true and Mourinho (as much as I despise that guy) understands that as most of us fans do but Wenger doesn’t.

    1. Mobella says:

      Except nobody knew PSG was going to cough out 222m for neymer. PSG just gave him excuse should anyone question the amount he got Lukaku. He is winner and better than Wenger in some circumstances but he need money to operate and that is why he won’t work for arsenal. One of his traits that I don’t like is quitting when the going get tough.

      1. bran99 says:

        He doesn’t quit, he gets sacked. But our ever successful one doesn’t even get sacked when things get tough (things got tough since 2007), he’s just here making new excuses everyday to keep his old rotten arse for as long as he can collect that pension

  14. Kenya 001 Ars fan says:

    We have become a joke wenger is not the right man going foward he has neva been the right man in a decade gone. Can only pitty us fans our manager no longer has it the board are blinded with pessimism…….. Wil we ever have our arsenal back

  15. gooner4life says:

    Arsen’s success was the early years with a team which he inherited we had one of the best defences ti the epl.Seamen,Dixon.Keown,Adams /Bould, Winterburn.
    Not forgetting Denis Bergkamp,Parlour,Merson etc.The group of players we now have which Wenger has brought would have struggled to get into the team back then.
    I fear it is going to be a very long and disappointing season.

  16. Incarnate says:

    Mourinho wouldn’t survive his best players being sold off like Wenger has. Had Wenger not insisted on Lemar before allowing Gazidis flog off Sanchez, Sanchez would have been off to City without replacement like RVP, Cesc, Nasri, Henry, Adebayor, Vieira etc before him. Gazidis, after attempting to sell Sanchez turns around and tells us about how the club showed ambition by keeping Sanchez, I wonder if he knew Sanchez was on the brink of a move to Man. City, perhaps Wenger hid Sanchez in his coat, trying to smuggle him off to Guardiola waiting with the cash at the gate, Gazidis found out while Wenger was still fumbling with his zip and ordered him returned to the training pitch.

    1. Mobella says:

      Wenger coming out to say arsenal failed to buy Lemar for 100m euro is strange. Except he wants people to see how incompetent Ivan and Dick are. What is even more strange is the money we were ready to play for a player that was available for 30 to 40m less. Maybe he want us to loss all the Alex and the 60m Alexis money to prove a point to Ivan.

  17. Vlad says:

    I think people are forgetting that with the exception of Porto (who were by far the best team in Portugal at that time to begin with), Mourinho had virtually unlimited resources available to him. So it’s not a fair comparison because for years Wenger was basically forced to sell his best players, yet still managed to maintain the high level of standards and playing.

  18. u.k says:

    wenger…a bad coach with good human qualities who wins nothing but fa cupz…mourinho….a good coach with a bad personality but guarantees epl and ecl….have ur pick….

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