Arsene Wenger Joins Jose Mourinho in Claiming Liverpool Have Title Advantage

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2014

Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger takes to the touchline before his team's English Premier League soccer match against Liverpool at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Saturday Feb. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Arsene Wenger has echoed the thoughts of Jose Mourinho by claiming Liverpool have an advantage in the title race because it's the only competition Brendan Rodgers' side are still competing in.

The Arsenal boss spoke ahead of his side's Premier League trip to Stoke, a match that threatens to present a challenging physical battle for the Gunners. He suggests Liverpool will benefit from remaining focused on one piece of silverware, as reported by ESPN:

Liverpool is in the race and they have an advantage because it's the only competition they play. Overall, it will be very tight, I hope until the end because that means it will be close until the end and if you are consistent, you will have a good chance to win it.

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Arsenal are currently competing in the FA Cup and Champions League alongside the domestic division. Wenger faces a difficult task to ensure his players remain fit and don't succumb to fatigue, something he has struggled to overcome when dealing with players such as Mesut Ozil.

The French boss cannot compete with the strength-in-depth enjoyed by Chelsea and Manchester City, meaning man-management is essential.

Wenger was recently criticised for giving his team two days off after beating Sunderland. He was flummoxed by those who berated his decision, per Sky Sports:

I don't see why that's suddenly a problem. We have played without a break since December, we don't have to justify that, it's unbelievable.

We are in a society where everyone wants to control everything. I don't understand this at all. We came out of a heavy schedule. We had two days off, that's all.

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Wenger's suggestion that Liverpool could benefit from a less hectic schedule follows on from a similar argument made by Mourinho, who believes the Merseyside club have a "big advantage," reported by The Telegraph.

Arsenal face up to seven games in March, including crucial matches against Everton, Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City across a gruelling three-week spell. Chelsea have six games throughout next month, while Liverpool are preparing for five.

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Small advantages could make a difference this season, but both Wenger and Mourinho would rather still be competing across all fronts than just focusing on the Premier League.

Liverpool may possess the fresher squad, but the London-based clubs will generate greater revenue from ticket sales and television rights, while also providing their fans with excitement across a variation of competitions.

Teams such as Manchester United, Inter Milan and Bayern have completed the treble in recent years, proving success doesn't have to be dampened by a busy run of matches.