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Wenger hits back at Jose

23 Feb 2007 - 11:55:00

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has bitten back at Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho's dig at his lack of success in the Champions League.

Wenger guided the Gunners to the final last season, but saw his charges lose 2-1 to Barcelona, with Mourinho seeming to poke fun at the Frenchman.

The Portuguese said earlier in the week: "If you judge me and I don't win the Champions League, you have to judge every coach in the Champions League who has never won it, because I did it once.

"Many great managers in the world have never done it. We have a big example, not far from us. Arsene Wenger is a top manager in the world.

"He is a big manager in the world of football and he had never done it."

However, Wenger responded ahead of the Carling Cup final by saying: "Plenty of managers have won the Champions League who will not be considered great managers.

"What is important is that you look at their careers in ten, 15 or 20 years. What kind of quality have you brought through in your work and on how consistent a level have you done it?

"We played a whole season unbeaten in 2004-05, but you did not see me jumping on the tables every week. Winning the Champions League will not change my life."

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