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Hitting back: Jose Mourinho took umbrage at Arsenal taunting his side’s loss at Sheffield United

Hitting back: Jose Mourinho took umbrage at Arsenal taunting his side’s loss at Sheffield United

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Hitting back: Jose Mourinho took umbrage at Arsenal taunting his side’s loss at Sheffield United

Jose Mourinho has hit back at Arsenal's apparent ridicule of Tottenham's defeat at Sheffield United on social media by saying the Gunners do not have any success of their own to enjoy.

Arsenal poked fun at their north London rivals on Facebook when they posted highlights of their FA Cup win at Bramall Lane last weekend, with the caption: "It's not easy beating Sheffield United at Bramall Lane."

Mourinho believes the post says more about Arsenal than it does his club, suggesting the struggles of others would not be the source of joy for them if they were near the top of the league.

"I think if they were top of the league or fighting for top four in a really good moment they wouldn't enjoy the problems of others," he said ahead of his side's game with Everton tonight.

"You only enjoy the problems of others when you are also in trouble.

"In the end, it says more about them, they don't have much to celebrate, they have to get every opportunity to do it. They are in a very similar situation to us in the table.

"I don't like to connect the club with some post or tweet. Maybe I am wrong, maybe I am right, but the person that did it probably did by themselves. I don't believe it was (Mikel) Arteta that posted, I don't believe it was (Granit) Xhaka or another captain that did it.

"It was probably some guy that was at home for three months working from home. No problem at home, but we will be waiting for them."

The two clubs are locked in a battle for the Europa League, though Arsenal have gone ahead in the race after three successive Premier League wins.

Who finishes above who could well be decided by Sunday's first ever north London derby at Tottenham's new stadium.

Mourinho says that finishing ahead of the Gunners would be nice, but should not be Spurs' main aim.

"To be the champion of north London means nothing for me because I think you have to be much bigger than that and have much more ambitions than that," he added.

"But I always look to the rivals of my clubs with different eyes. As you know, I have been in so many big clubs with so many special rivals so I don't hide that Arsenal in this moment is a very special rival.

"Yes I would like to finish in a better position in the table than them.

"But again, I want my team to be bigger than that, I want my club to feel bigger than that.

"I understand that for the fans it is a special rivalry and what is special for the fans is special for me and I want it to be special for the players."

Mourinho also revealed that he will have no problems ditching the elbow-bump in order to hug Everton counterpart Carlo Ancelotti.

Ahead of the duo's first ever meeting in the Premier League, the Spurs chief said he "loves" the Italian who, like Mourinho, has managed at Chelsea and Real Madrid in an illustrious career, and believes Everton are lucky to have him.

"I think everyone in football admires Carlo as a coach and as a person," he said. "If you don't know him as a person, at least you know him as a coach.

"It's not because I like him so much as a person that I'm going to say the obvious, which is: he's one of the top managers in the world of the last two decades and of course now.

"I think it's a privilege for the Premier League to have Carlo back, it's a privilege for Everton to have Carlo as manager, or head coach, whatever way you want to call him.

"I think he's a fantastic guy. I think I'm going to break the rules. Now is one-metre distance. I'm going to break the rules and I'm going to hug him because I like Carlo very much."

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