ESPN FC: Mata on the move
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has potentially reignited an old feud with Arsene Wenger, accusing the Arsenal boss of “always complaining.”
Wenger stated on Thursday that Juan Mata’s imminent move to Manchester United is “not fair” and amounts to Chelsea “playing with the transfer market.”
Mourinho responded, however, by saying such comments are merely in the Frenchman’s “nature”, before claiming it is unfair that the Gunners always receive an easier fixture schedule than his side.
“Wenger complaining is normal because he always does,” Mourinho said. “It's something that we know. When a player plays for a club on Aug. 20 and two weeks later, on Sept. 5, plays against the same club with a different shirt, this is normal. This is the market. We don't do the market, we don't do the rules. We have just to do according to the rules.
“If Wenger sells [Mesut] Ozil to Manchester United in this moment, I will be very happy because he's selling a very important player. I'm not concerned with other things. So, normally, he should be very happy that Chelsea sold a player like Juan Mata.
“But I think it's also a bit of his nature. We have to accept the way he is. But when he says that this is not fair, I think what is not fair is that his team always has the best days to play. Always. Always.
“In the Capital One Cup, we had to play 24 hours after. They had 72 hours. That's not fair. This week, a week without a midweek game, what everyone wants to do is play before to rest ahead of next week. One plays on Friday, another on Sunday.
“Who plays Friday? [Arsenal]. Who plays Sunday? [Chelsea]. When you go to the fixtures this season, it's never fair because they always get the right to rest and the right time to play. It's fantastic. That's not fair.”