Register Login Scores

LaLiga

Pique: Mourinho Caused Pep's Barca Exit

Gerard Pique has said he believes Jose Mourinho's off-field antics following his arrival at Real Madrid in 2010 contributed to Pep Guardiola's exit from Barcelona two years later. 

Guardiola Decides On Man City Future

During what was one of the most intense periods in Spanish football, tensions between Mourinho and Guardiola, and the players they managed, often spilled over in matches. While it was a source of entertainment for spectators, those involved remember those times differently.

Guardiola, specifically, was said to suffer from the demands of competing against Los Blancos and the off-field drama that Mourinho seemed to thrive on, and it eventually led to the tactician feeling burnt out. 

That is according to Pique, who was a key figure in Barcelona's success during Guardiola's spell in charge between 2008 and 2012 and who believes the rivalry with Mourinho contributed to his ex-boss departing the Catalan club. 

"(The rivalry between) Guardiola and Mourinho, here in Spain, was very tough," he told Gary Neville on The Overlap

"I remember Mourinho arrived at Madrid (after) winning the treble with Inter Milan and he was like the guy that will save Madrid, and that he will make the team win against us because we were winning everything at the time, and I remember the first time Mourinho came to Camp Nou, he lost 5-0 against us.

"It was a shock of reality. But it's true that Mourinho, in the press conference every time, he was every day… you know how he is, his style. And I think that Guardiola, at some point, it was too much (for him).

"I mean it was sometimes more important what was happening outside of the pitch than on the pitch.

"At the end of the day, Guardiola left because at some point, and Mourinho at Madrid won the league that year, and all of a sudden he decided to leave for so many reasons, but I'm sure that part of it is that, with Mourinho, it was too much."

Guardiola won 14 trophies during his time in charge of Barcelona, including three LaLiga titles and two UEFA Champions Leagues. 

Click through the gallery below to see the 11 highest-paid players at Manchester City following Erling Haaland's arrival: 

Neymar’s Future Decided?

10 Stars Who Recently Chose Africa Over Europe

Ten Hag's First Big Man Utd Signing Revealed?

3 comments

Top 5

Chiefs, Stellies Agree Terms For Top Striker?

42 May 23, 2022 10:04 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

8 More Players Linked With Man Utd After Ten Hag Arrival

1 May 24, 2022 07:27 PM in English Premier League

Pirates Chairman Gives Mhango Blessing

35 May 24, 2022 04:54 PM in Orlando Pirates

Report: Real Madrid Line Up Five Targets After Mbappe News

3 May 23, 2022 08:26 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Exclusive! Latest On Chiefs & Maart…

54 May 18, 2022 10:01 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Chiefs Open Negotiations For Top Target

37 May 22, 2022 11:57 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

7 Soldiers Left Behind As Pirates Prepare For War

44 May 20, 2022 12:24 PM in Orlando Pirates

Pictures: 'Drunk' Grealish, Pep & City Stars Enjoy Bus Parade

3 May 24, 2022 12:27 PM in English Premier League

Confirmed: Midfielder Leaving Chiefs

41 May 24, 2022 03:28 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Zidane To Make Return To Coaching?

2 May 24, 2022 02:30 PM in World News

Downs Coach Says Chiefs And Bucs Are Edging Closer

21 May 19, 2022 09:37 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Pictures: 'Drunk' Grealish, Pep & City Stars Enjoy Bus Parade

3 May 24, 2022 12:27 PM in English Premier League

Downs Coach Says Chiefs And Bucs Are Edging Closer

21 May 19, 2022 09:37 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns