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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 November 2005, 12:45 GMT
Mourinho's X-Files
Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho on the touchline
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho claims to have a 120-page dossier detailing everything Arsene Wenger has said about him and his side.

Mourinho's antagonisitc attitude towards his Arsenal counterpart should come as no surprise.

The Portuguese does not like to be crossed as he hinted at on his arrival at Stamford Bridge in June 2004 when asked about Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson.

"If they don't touch me, I won't touch anyone," he said. "If they touch me, I'll be ready to hit back even harder."

Wenger has clearly riled Mourinho by suggesting "a little bit of the belief" had gone at Chelsea following their Carling Cup defeat.

Here, BBC Sport looks back at some of the potential entries in Mourinho's dossier.


Wenger initially backed Chelsea over the sacking of Adrian Mutu for drug abuse - October 2004
I do not know how guilty Mutu is but I agree with the high moral standards at the club.

Although he had a mischevous aside days later
Once he has served his suspension, he has the right again to start from zero. I would then meet the player and see what he tells me.

A first mention of Chelsea's finances - November 2004
They will, sooner or later, take who they want.

And a second - January 2005
It's a big challenge to compete with Chelsea with much less money. They have unlimited power. While they can keep players at another club (on loan) until they peak, we have to take players early and be patient by educating them and getting them into the first team.

A new year attempt at mind games - January 2005
It is a difficult psychological challenge to deal with when you're leading. When you are in front and everyone says you have already won the title you have to face up to the prospect that you can only lose it from there.

MOURINHO REPLIES
Do they want to change positions with us? Don't try to put pressure on me because I am never under pressure

If you watch Chelsea's recent games it looks as if it has not been so easy for them. They had the decisions going for them at Liverpool but I am surprised to see so many people have already declared them champions.

After defeat on the road to Bolton - January 2005
Chelsea can only lose it now because they have already won it. It is too early to say they will never lose points - but they don't look vulnerable at the moment. We will keep going and fight until the last minute of the championship.

A first criticism of Chelsea's style - January 2005
You could say that our football was more attractive to watch but they are very efficient. They are a bit like a matador - they wait until the bull gets weak to kill him. They have the patience to wait as they have an experienced squad. When the bull has lost enough blood and becomes a bit dizzy, they kill it off.

Then came the Ashely Cole affair - February 2005
MOURINHO REPLIES
If Arsene wants answers, he can call me. It is true I want to buy a left-back because I only have one and I always want two for every position
If somebody has not respected the rules it is not him (Cole) - it is Chelsea. If they don't behave as they should, it's down to the Premier League to start an inquiry and to get them punished.

The timing is not welcome before a big game (v Man Utd). I find that coincidence just a little bit troublesome. If they want to buy him you should be capable of finding the phone number of Arsenal Football Club.

Concedes title after Man United defeat - February 2005
We will not give up but now we are too far behind. It is Chelsea's title now. United still have a slight chance but there is too much for us to do.

After playing a team of foreigners - February 2005
MOURINHO REPLIES
I believe in home players - especially as a foreign manager, I feel responsible for the English national team and English players
Take what Arsenal and Chelsea have won in the past eight years. I go with reality, with the football we play and the challenge we have ahead. I don't see especially that Chelsea play more English players than we do. Who have they produced, homegrown? Just one, John Terry.

The Ashley Cole saga rumbles on - March 2005
This case is very sad and very unfortunate. Frankly I am amazed this could happen in a hotel in the centre of London. Why not do it in the middle of the M25 and then at least everybody knows! They seem to think they are above everything. It is arrogance when you think you are above everything and just do whatever you want.

And on - April 2005
If people come to your window and talk to your wife every night, you can't accept it without asking what is happening. Either we let them get away with it or we want to know what happened. But is that our fault or is it Chelsea's fault? If you were in our position, what would you have done?"

Peter Kenyon is seen with Rio Ferdinand - April 2005
It looks like a film we've seen already. I respect what Chelsea are doing on the pitch but I expect them to behave and respect the rules off the pitch, like everyone else.

Faint praise follows the 0-0 home draw - April 2005
You always congratulate the winners. You make a difference between what has happened on and off the pitch. On the pitch they have done fantastic and deserve to be congratulated. I cannot fault my team. We tried to go forward but Chelsea is a team that defends very well.

Questioning the fixture list after Chelsea's match against Man United is moved back as Ferguson's men are in the FA Cup semi-finals - April 2005
MOURINHO REPLIES
After Champions League games Chelsea always have to play away from home and Arsenal are always at home. You have nothing to write about that?
Is Jose Mourinho the only one who can look at the fixtures and find something very strange?
I am not the most intelligent person in the world but I am not the most stupid and since I came here I understand things and they don't change

July 2005
I still feel that if Chelsea had had to play Manchester United before they played us, the championship would maybe not be over. If they had lost against United and had to play us on Wednesday night - it would have been more difficult. Many things went for them in that period when they had big, big games. They played against Bayern Munich, then they should have played Manchester United, then us and Bolton and in between Liverpool. It would have been very hard.

On the delayed inquiry into the Cole affair - May 2005
I've asked for it to be postponed as I'm worried about our Cup final preparations but the Premier League said 'no'. If you sit down in May to judge something that happened in February, it's better to do nothing. The hearing should have been in March. Then we would have found out if they were guilty or not, and they could have been given a punishment or nothing at all. I would have accepted that, but I don't see the interest now in us being in a hearing in May. That it is just before the Cup final - what a coincidence.

Which he claimed played into Chelsea's hands
Chelsea won it and they deserved to win it but the Premier League has waited until Chelsea already have the trophy in their hands, so they cannot take it away from them. When you want to punish a team and the championship is over, what can you do? Any penalty will have no impact on the championship race.

On Chelsea's finances again - May 2005
They are a financially doped club. They have enhancement of performances through financial resources which are unlimited. For me, it's a kind of doping because it's not in any way linked to their resources. It puts pressure on the market that is not very healthy. They can go to Steven Gerrard or Rio Ferdinand and 'say how much do you earn, we'll give you twice as much'.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Before Shaun Wright-Phillips moves - July 2005
I like him but we are in a market where you let Chelsea make decisions and then come in after. There is a price for Chelsea and a price for everybody else and that is why we have to wait until they decide.

And afterwards - August 2005
Everyone knows that they have plenty of money and, when they come in, they will buy for 20m what otherwise costs 10m. Do you really think Shaun Wright-Phillips would have cost 21m had Chelsea not come in for him? There are two markets, one when Chelsea is in, which is quite lively and high, and one when Chelsea is not in, which is morose - all over Europe.

On Chelsea's pre-season boasts - August 2005
Off the pitch it looks like Chelsea don't want to change their attitude but at some stage they will have to because their rules are the same for everybody. I am not obsessed by Chelsea. I want to respect the values we have at my club but when I leave the ground I only think of Arsenal.

Following the Community Shield defeat - August 2005
Chelsea were dangerous with the long ball. They do it very well. It's a fact that Drogba likes the high balls and they gave us a hard time.

After another loss to Chelsea in the second match of the Premiership season - August 2005
MOURINHO REPLIES
We have beaten them twice in 15 days and that is psychologically important for us. We could not beat them for years
It's all Chelsea at the moment, but they could have had no points. Chelsea never open up. You have to cope with that. Chelsea give you hard problems because they don't come out.

Elaborating on their style of play - August 2005
I know we live in a world where we have only winners and losers, but once a sport encourages teams who refuse to take the initiative, the sport is in danger. The teams who stay in your memory and make you love football are the teams who play (entertainingly). We are all here because people come to the stadiums and we have never to forget that.

Responding to claims he is a voyeur - November 2005
MOURINHO REPLIES
He has said some very strange things about Chelsea. I accept his next answer being strong but it is time to stop because if he doesn't stop, we are there for the fight
I will see whether I take any action about that. I don't know yet, but I leave that door open. I'm not obsessed at all with Chelsea. There wasn't anything malicious in what I said. I was asked a question about Chelsea and I gave an honest answer.




SEE ALSO
The world according to Mourinho
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A history of mind games
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