Jose Mourinho Attacks Arsene Wenger And Antonio Conte's "Trendy" Formations

The Special One strikes again

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It's nice to know that like the changing of seasons, Mourinho's opportunism when it comes to slating his rival managers will never change.

Following a 3-0 win over Basel last night, the Special One criticised the tactics of his replacement at Chelsea, Antonio Conte, as well as Arsene Wenger.

Upon arriving at Stamford Bridge, Conte abandoned Chelsea's four at the back system for a 3-4-3 formation which saw his side win the Premier League title last season. The strategy was also adopted by Wenger at Arsenal in the months before their FA Cup win .

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Speaking in a press conference over the weekend, Mourinho suggested the new formation cropping up has caused a shift towards more defensive football at other Premier League clubs.

"We know that if you look in a pragmatic way, you see the last winners of the Premier League, the last winners of the Premier League, they did not play attacking football. They played defensive football and counter-attack football," he said.

Last night he added further fuel to the fire by bringing up the formation argument again.

"I think they follow the trendy tactic of five in the back that some of your colleagues like to call three but they are totally wrong, it is five." he said following United's Champions League win against Basel.

Mourinho was referring to the formation which he thinks "journalists incorrectly identify" as 3-4-3, when in fact it is 3-5-2.

Or that's what he says, anyway. Maybe he's just after an argument.