Mourinho On His Rivalry With Pep
Jose Mourinho On His Rivalry With Pep Guardiola
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has spoken about his rivalry with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
The Portuguese and Spanish tacticians were painted as enemies when they managed Real Madrid and FC Barcelona respectively, despite having worked together at the Catalan club for three years from 1996.
Mourinho, however, has admitted their rivalry in England is different to the one they had in Spain.
"You know, in Spain, it is two clubs fighting against each other. Now Atletico Madrid is also close, but in our time, it was just about us," he said, according to the Daily Express.
"For three years, it was just about us. Champions League matches, La Liga titles, Copa del Rey finals, Super Cup finals. Everything was about Real and Barcelona.
"We were in a situation of it being not easy. In England, I knew, I knew before it happened that it would be completely different, because it's a completely different league.
"I think the way we behaved made it also blow in that direction. Many people would think wrongly that we had a personal situation, to which we always told 'no'.
"It was just the consequence of being in Barcelona and Real Madrid in a specific period of their history. Barcelona was in the top. Real Madrid was in the low and trying to come and break that Barcelona dominancy.
"But we worked together. We were colleagues for three years. We lived in the same stadium, in the same dressing room for three years."
As managers, Mourinho has won 26 trophies while Guardiola has won 21 pieces of silverware so far.
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