Peace at last between Mourinho and Wenger

first_img0Shares0000Mourinho pays a surprisingly glowing tribute to former foe Wenger © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISMONACO, Monaco, Feb 19 – Arsene Wenger received the Laureus Lifetime Achievement award on Monday but it was the glowing tribute from the unlikeliest of sources Jose Mourinho that caught the eye.The 69-year-old Wenger won the award on the back of his revolutionising English football especially in the first part of his over two decades in charge of Arsenal. The veteran former Gunners boss and Mourinho clashed often on and off the touchline.However, Mourinho — sacked by Manchester United in December, paid handsome tribute to Wenger via a video.The volatile Portuguese, who had two spells at Chelsea and then the turbulent one at United, acknowledged there had been moments when they had been at odds with each other.It boiled over when Wenger pushed Mourinho on the touchline during the latter’s second period in charge of Chelsea and Mourinho made some barbed remarks about the studious Frenchman, commenting he was a “voyeur” and a “specialist in failure”.“There were some episodes along the road,” said Mourinho.“I can only speak by myself. I really enjoyed the competition. But the real respect is always there.“He (Wenger) made lots of history in that football club.“One of the best football managers in the history of football.”Wenger, who was virtually unknown but proved an inspirational choice by then Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein when he was hired in 1996, accrued among other trophies three Premier League titles and lifted the FA Cup seven times.However, perhaps his greatest achievement was the title winning side of the 2003/04 campaign who went through the league season unbeaten.“The nickname is there -– the Invincibles,” said Mourinho.“Amazing. A coaching philosophy, the almost perfect team.”– ‘We want our Mars bars’ –Wenger with his Laureus Lifetime Achievement award © AFP / Valery HACHEWenger, who has been linked with several jobs since leaving Arsenal at the end of last season including the director of football post at Paris Saint-Germain, admitted he had been taken aback when he watched the video at the awards ceremony.“That is a very good question,” he replied as to what was the biggest surprise the award or Mourinho praising him.“It was a surprise yes. We had some good fights at times.”Wenger said what was even more unexpected was that the man on the touchline won an award.“An even bigger surprise is usually the lifetime achievement award goes to a Pele, a Maradona or a Beckenbauer.“Tonight it is a player from a little village but it is good that coaches are rewarded in our game.”One of Wenger’s recipes of success involved tearing up the book on the players diet when he arrived at Arsenal and introduced healthy eating habits.He concedes that was not universally accepted.“I forbid them eating Mars bars,” said the man who still has the “virus” of football in his blood and wakes up every morning wondering what match is on that night.“So at first I was greeted on the team coach with chants of “we want our Mars bars”. They did not get them.“Today it shows how much football has changed you would never hear footballers demanding Mars bars.”Laureus is a global movement that aims to use the power of sport to tackle social challenges in the world.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Suspect sought in morning shooting

first_imgNORTH HOLLYWOOD – A man in his 30s was shot this morning, and authorities were searching for two teenage suspects. The unidedentified man suffered multiple gunshot wounds during the attack at 8:10 a.m. in the 5200 block of Cartwright Avenue, LAPD Officer Kristi Sandoval said. The victim was taken to a local hospital by paramedics and he is expected to survive. Police do not have anybody in custody and have not recovered the weapon, Sandoval said. Police are looking for two suspects, described only as teenagers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chelsea vs PAOK: Hudson-Odoi starts as Sarri makes ten changes

first_img Willian scored the only goal in the clubs’ previous meeting no dice RANKED Maurizio Sarri’s men were pushed all the way during their 1-0 victory against PAOK in Greece, and their opponents are still battling to qualify from Group L.The Chelsea boss will want to see a response from his players after their unbeaten record ended in spectacular fashion against Tottenham on Saturday.What the managers are sayingMaurizio Sarri (Chelsea):  “We have ten matches in December. We have two targets: to qualify and to win our group. REVEALED 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF 2 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move center_img MONEY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow Sarri was fuming with Chelsea’s display at Wembley ADVICE REVEALED “We need one point, but can’t think about that. So the target for tomorrow is to win the match. We can do this.”Team newsUnsurprisingly, Sarri has named a much-changed side as the Blues have already booked their place in the knockout stages.Only Kepa Arrizabalaga keeps his place from the defeat to Spurs at the weekend.There are starts for youngsters Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who scored a hat-trick on matchday three.Meanwhile, defender Andreas Christensen makes his 50th appearance for Chelsea’s senior side.Chelsea: Kepa; Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Emerson; Barkley, Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek; Pedro, Giroud, Hudson-OdoiSubs: Caballero, Alonso, Ampadu, Kovacic, Jorginho, Willian, Morata Latest Football News Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Chelsea entertain PAOK in need of just a point to guarantee top spot in their Europa League group.The Blues have a 100% record in their opening four games and secured their place in the knockout stages with two games to spare. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more