Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit back at Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho with a retort that "plenty of managers have won the Champions League who will not be considered great".
Portuguese Mourinho, who won it in 2004 with Porto, had a dig at the Frenchman for never having won Europe's premier competition ahead of the sides' meeting in the League Cup final on Sunday.
"Whether I am big or small is not so important, it is not my obsession," Wenger countered.
"Plenty of managers have won the Champions League who will not be considered as great managers. "What is important is that you look at the careers of ten, 15 or 20 years."The importance of the manager is over a longer distance. It is the continuity in his career."
Wenger, in charge of the Gunners since 1996, came within a whisker of seeing his team crowned champions of Europe when they lost last season's final to Barcelona in Paris."It will not change my life if I do not win the Champions League," he continued.
Arsenal did not lose a match in the Premiership in the 2003-2004 season, going 49 matches unbeaten in total in the league. "We played a whole season unbeaten but you did not see me every week jumping on the tables," Wenger said pointedly.
"If you would like to compare every manager, give each one the same amount of resources. After five years you can see who has done the most."
~ source: Eurosport
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