Jose Mourinho: 'Arsene Wenger is one of greatest ever managers'

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Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger once had the fiercest of managerial rivalries in the Premier League.

"I can only speak by myself".

"I enjoy daily life now and I have been travelling a lot recently all over the world".

Victor of the Laureus Lifetime Achievement award, former Arsenal football team manager Arsene Wenger poses after receiving his award during the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony at the Sporting Monte-Carlo complex in Monaco on February 18, 2019.

A defeat in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday could see the Italian lose his job within his debut season in England and Wenger along with compatriot Zinedine Zidane has been touted as potential successors. But the real respect was always there. His Arsenal title-winning side of 2003/04 season went the whole season undefeated, gaining the moniker "The Invincibles", and is a feat yet unmatched.

But what was surprising last night, is that Mourinho recorded a special message for him to accompany the award.

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Wenger said what was even more unexpected was that the man on the touchline won an award.

One good news for the manager though is the fact that nearly all of his first-team players have returned back from injuries - barring the long term absentees.

Wenger created that problem and left it for his successor to inherit.

He concedes that was not universally accepted. I have this football virus. I imagine Maurizio Sarri will give some players a chance like Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Olivier Giroud, but for Sarri at the moment it's just about survival, getting to the weekend and then seeing where it takes him.

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