It is safe to say that Jose Mourinho is one of the greatest managers of all time, but over the years, the Tottenham Hotspur manager has made a reputation for himself for not being the best loser.
Mourinho is known for an exasperated comment or two after a loss, while he also previously thrown his players under the bus (proverbially) after an uninspiring performance.
These characteristics are what adds to the enigma of the charismatic Portuguese head coach, and also excites a lot of rival fans whenever his team loses a game of big proportions – and there are very few bigger games in English football than the prestigious North London derby.
Arsenal won the latest edition of the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur in the past weekend. A magnificent rabona effort from Erik Lamela sent Spurs ahead against the run of play at the Emirates Stadium, but Arsenal were level before the half time whistle thanks to a deflected Martin Odegaard strike.
Arsenal were awarded a penalty soon after the half time interval – as Alexandre Lacazette sent Hugo Lloris the wrong way from twelve yards to send Arsenal into a deserving lead on the night.
There was more drama to follow, as Lamela went from hero to zero in the same game after referee Michael Oliver sent him off for a second yellow card. As a frustrated Mourinho looked on from his technical area, Spurs were reduced to ten men and eventually went on to lose the game.
The Portuguese has now equalled his worst ever tally of losses in a single league season with his ninth loss of the season – the only time that he previously lost nine games in one season was in the 2015/16 season before he was unceremoniously sacked by then employers Chelsea.
The contrast in emotions between the two camps could be summarised by a picture taken after full time that went viral amongst Arsenal fans on Twitter.
The photo featured Mikel Arteta sharing a light-hearted moment with Cedric Soares while a disappointed Mourinho lurked in the frame – looking on at his counterpart’s celebrations.
The two concerned managers seemed to be on opposite ends of the spectrum as while one looked overjoyed, the other was clearly under the weather about the result.
Not only did the win mean a lot to Arsenal as it reduced the deficit between them and their rivals on the league table, but their faithful were able to achieve added satisfaction – thanks to the picture in discussion.
Check out how Arsenal fans reacted to the photo below –
“Your compatriot is going to put some excuses in interview now.” pic.twitter.com/elD6l0XJOn— AfcVIP⁴⁹ (@VipArsenal) March 14, 2021
Hang it in the Louvre. pic.twitter.com/xMu4aQA1cs— Dylan Walsh (@dylanwalsh_) March 14, 2021
New favourite picture: pic.twitter.com/10jhTYuwek— evan 》 (@afcevan) March 14, 2021
Inject with immediate affect..— UberArsenal
pic.twitter.com/u3RzcyMQqz (@UberAFC) March 14, 2021
This photo is it. pic.twitter.com/E9whUONFJt— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) March 16, 2021
Hahahaha.— IslingtonGoonerAFC (@Born_a_gooner) March 14, 2021
Love this— Nadia Henry (@nadiashnry_14) March 14, 2021