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Jose Mourinho can't resist sly dig at Arsene Wenger after Champions League final

Arsene Wenger opushes Jose Mourinho when they managed Arsenal and Chelsea respectively
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Jose Mourinho could not help but take a sly dig at Arsene Wenger while on punditry duty following the Champions League final.

The Special One was in the studio for TNT Sports as Real Madrid clinched a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on Saturday night. Alongside Rio Ferdinand, Mourinho dissected Real's triumph a club he too has managed after witnessing their 15th European crown.

Set to embark on a new challenge with Fenerbahce, Mourinho didn't miss a beat throughout the evening. He called on Toni Kroos to reconsider his retirement plans, shared a warm embrace with Dortmund's Erdin Terzic post-match, and even snapped a picture with Jude Bellingham's mother.

Yet, despite the exhaustive broadcast schedule, Mourinho found the energy to react when Wenger's name cropped up., rekindling his old rivalry with Arsenal's former manager.

Presenter Laura Woods mentioned: "Arsene Wenger was just floating around here before the match and after the game. I would've loved to have grabbed him for a quick interview," to which Ferdinand chimed in, jesting: "I'd have had to have stood in between him and Jose!"

And Mourinho was not going to miss his opportunity. He responded: "Ask him about what he wants to do with the offside rule. My God! Oh my God. Let me go before [you speak to him] please."

The studio erupted into laughter, and Woods added, "We did want to keep him slightly separate... I would've loved to have seen another face-off."

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Mourinho, with a mischievous glint, concluded: "No, no, it's time for me to go!"

Wenger, who frequently faced Mourinho during his tenure as Arsenal manager, now serves as FIFA's head of global football development. His role involves suggesting modifications to the game's rules, some of which have sparked controversy.

Mourinho has expressed disapproval for Wenger's proposed changes to the offside rule. The new rule would consider players onside if any part of their body that can score is in line with the last defender, even if other parts are ahead.

This would require a clear gap or 'daylight' between the attacker and defender for an offside call.

In 2020, Wenger elaborated on his rationale for the change. "There is room to change the rule and not say that a part of a player's nose is offside, so you are offside because you can score with that," he stated.

"Instead, you will not be offside if any part of the body that can score a goal is in line with the last defender, even if other parts of the attacker's body are in front. That will sort it out and you will no longer have decisions about millimetres and a fraction of the attacker being in front of the defensive line."