WENGER VS. MOURINHO: WHO WILL LEAVE THE GREATEST LEGACY?
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Wenger vs. Mourinho: Who will leave the greatest legacy?

20 GLORIOUS/APATHETIC YEARS

20 months in football management is a long time, let alone two decades. Wenger has managed to stay at the helm of one of England’s top teams for longer than Marcus Rashford has been on this planet. Mourinho only started his career management in 2000,  but he now finds himself at his eight club.

STABILITY OVER GLORY

Mourinho doesn’t promise success within 2-3 years. No, he guarantees that his team will hit the ground running and start winning immediately. Typically, his teams win the league in either his first or second season in charge. Whether this happens at United remains to be seen. On the other hand, Wenger prefers to build slowly. This typically involves signing a horde of 18 year old untested creative midfielders from France. While Wenger hasn’t won a Premier League title in 12 years, during that time, Mourinho has managed to win a domestic title in three different countries.

Fight vs. FLIGHT

One criticism of Wenger’s team has been their tendency to go missing when the going gets tough. Arsenal have never liked travelling to Stoke. The Potters tend to kick lumps out of their opponents for 90 minutes, especially during Tony Pulis’ “total football” days. Mourinho’s players rarely run away from a confrontation. The “special one” often gets involved himself with an occasional eye-gouge.

INSTANT SUCCESS AT A PRICE

When Mourinho left Real Madrid, the whole country breathed a sigh of relief. For 3 years, the Portuguese boss had stirred up controversy wherever he went. His rivalry with Pep Guardiola became so vicious that Real and Barca players were hardly talking when on international duty with Spain. Dr. Carniero at Chelsea was another person that “crossed” Jose and suffered badly. After defeats, Mourinho will often single out players for criticism. The “gentleman”, Wenger, chooses a different route and typically avoids pointing the finger (except for referees).

While Mourinho will finish his career with more trophies, perhaps Wenger has achieved something even more remarkable by changing the English game and building a sustainable and successful football club. 

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