Jose Mourinho says he cannot understand why Arsene Wenger is “never under pressure” at Arsenal after reigniting his war of words with the Arsenal boss.
The Chelsea boss, who was keen to duck questions over Diego Costa’s suspension, was quick to deflect the attention on to Arsenal boss when the question of ‘pressure’ was raised at Friday’s press conference.
“I think in this country, only one manager is not under pressure. Steve is under pressure, I am under pressure, Brendan, Pellegrini,” said Mourinho.
“We cannot lose matches, we have to reach expectations, we have to meet our objectives, so I have sympathy for all of them and I believe they have sympathy for me.
“These is one that for some reason is outside that list, but good for him.”
Mourinho repeatedly declined to name the individual he believes to be the exception.
“Just one out of 20,” he added.
The Blues boss was asked for a name again and, although he would not name him, he appeared to be referring to Wenger, who pushed him in the Stamford Bridge technical area in October 2014.
“You know,” Mourinho said.
“He can speak about the referees before the game, can speak about the referees after the game, can push people in the technical area, can cry in the morning, can cry in the afternoon, nothing happens. Can be not achieved, keep the job, still the king. It’s a privilege.”
Costa is absent for the second game of his three-match suspension at Newcastle on Saturday after he was sanctioned by the Football Association for grappling with Laurent Koscielny in last week’s 2-0 win.
The FA rescinded a ban for Gunners defender Gabriel, who was sent off for his exchange with Costa, but Mourinho refused to comment on the decisions.
“If I answer I’m going to be suspended,” Mourinho said.
“I don’t want to touch the theme and everything that surrounds this situation because I want to be on the bench.
“I don’t comment and I tell you why: some managers can speak about the referee before the game and after the game and some others cannot. I am in the list of the ones that cannot. An imaginary list, but clearly.”