Jose Mourinho has declared former rival boss Arsene Wenger as “one of the best” football managers of all-time.
The duo clashed on the touchline and via the media on a number of occasions during Mourinho’s time as Chelsea and Manchester United boss in the Premier League.
The Portuguese coach famously branded former Arsenal manager Wenger a “specialist in failure” but Mourinho took a very different view on the Frenchman’s career on Monday.
Wenger won a lifetime achievement award at the Laureus World Sport Awards in Monaco, where a video was played of Mourinho congratulating his former adversary on his achievements.
“There were some episodes along the road,” Mourinho said.
“I can only speak by myself. I really enjoyed the competition. But the real respect was always there.
“He made lots of history in that football club. The nickname is there – the ‘Invincibles.’ Amazing.
“A coaching philosophy, the almost perfect team.
“He is one of the best football managers in the history of football.”