Mourinho: 'I am an angel'

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Jose Mourinho has described himself as an "angel" compared to the touchline behaviour of his Premiership counterparts.

Jose Mourinho has described himself as an "angel" compared to the touchline behaviour of his Premiership counterparts.

His comments came as the Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, known for his ice-cool approach to management, yesterday rejected criticism of his touchline behaviour during Wednesday's Champions' League match by the PSV Eindhoven manager, Guus Hiddink.

Arsenal had both their captain Patrick Vieira and the defender Lauren sent off by referee Herbert Fandel as the sides fought out a 1-1 draw. Afterwards, Wenger accused the German official of double standards, but Hiddink retorted by claiming the Arsenal manager had "helped to create some of the problems" and "was complaining all the time to the fourth official".

The Chelsea manager said that other managers should learn to control their emotions during matches. Mourinho believes that losing control on the sidelines can have a detrimental effect on the players and he is determined to keep his anger in check whatever the provocation. "I see other managers on my side of the technical area and I am an angel," said Mourinho. "I don't complain or communicate with them, I let them do their work. What I see is that some of them, instead of communicating with their players, try to press referees and fight the fourth official."

Wenger said: "I had one or two discussions with the fourth official, but they were not heated at all.

"The fourth official came during the second half to give me the result of Panathinaikos against Rosenborg."

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