I’m busy researching the 2004/05 season and the rapid change from the Arsenal Invincibles in 2003/04 to Chelsea’s team that won the League with 95 points and just one loss. I guess I had forgotten most of that 04/05 season and especially what transpired between Mourinho and Wenger. I knew about the famous “voyeur” quote by Jose and Wenger’s retort about giving success to stupid people but apparently the feud was much more heated than I remembered with Mourinho going so far as to say that Arsenal cheated.
He also regularly complained about the officials and was apparently particularly aggrieved when his side drew 2-2 at Highbury and Arsenal took a quick free kick (and scored) before Petr Cech had the wall set. He basically accused referee Mark Halsey of not knowing the laws of the game or not sticking to them.
It got so bad that Peter Kenyon (Chelsea director) called two Arsenal directors to offer some kind of olive branch (probably one covered in piss).
I guess I’ve filled my mind with so many other memories during the 13+ years since all that happened that I pushed a lot of that stuff clean out of my mind! I have to find the original quotes from Jose, and Wenger’s responses. It looks like the FA even got involved. This is probably mostly about Ashley Cole but I want to have a deeper look.
I’m also really curious how the fans and the League viewed Chelsea at the time. Right now what I see is this kind of funny (in retrospect) critique of Chelsea playing ugly football under Jose. That was in his first season there, when they were still winning. But I also discovered that Jose was well known before he took the Chelsea job for playing ugly football. I don’t know why I thought different but it looks like he’s always been a checkbook Tony Pulis. Which is funny because I feel he would have had a similar career to Pulis had it not been for his Champions League victory with Porto.
Anyway, this isn’t a Mourinho football blog. This whole thing is funny because his entire professional life I think has been spent saying “yeah but, I win things” and then holding up some fingers to show what a winner he is. Anyway, this is just a blurb or as we used to say in the old days “a blog”, I’ve got to get moving.
Tomorrow I’ll put up a preview of Nuke v. Arsenal over on The Arsenal Review.
Football is back!