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Jose Mourinho flies in with veiled dig at Arsene Wenger


Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho appeared to launch an astonishing attack on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as the row over Chelsea striker Diego Costa's retrospective ban rumbled on.

Costa is absent for the second game of his three-match suspension at Newcastle today after he was sanctioned by the FA for grappling with Laurent Koscielny in last week's 2-0 win over Arsenal.

Mourinho was asked about the pressure on Steve McClaren, the boss of Newcastle, who have one win in 17 league games and none since the former England boss was appointed in the summer.

"I think in this country, only one manager is not under pressure," Mourinho said. Steve is under pressure, I am under pressure, Brendan (Rodgers, the Liverpool boss) is under pressure, (Manchester City's Manuel) Pellegrini is under pressure. We can't lose, we can't be below expectations.

"There is one that for some reason is outside that list. Good for him."

Mourinho repeatedly declined to name the individual he believes to be the exception - "Just one out of 20," he added - but appeared to be referring to Wenger, who pushed him in the Stamford Bridge technical area in October 2014.

"He can speak about the referees before the game, can speak about the referees after the game, can push people in the technical area, nothing happens. Can be not achieved, keep the job, still the king. It's a privilege."

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