London - Once upon a time, when their paths crossed at
Barcelona, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola got on quite well. But all that
changed as they went on to become two of the most successful coaches in world
Ahead of the mouthwatering Manchester derby at the weekend,
AFP Sports looks at a selection of the bitter remarks they have aimed at each
other down the years.
- Guardiola on Mourinho -
"I know Mourinho and he's trying to provoke me into a
reaction, but it won't work. I'm not going to react. I'm not going to answer
back. Only when I think the time is right." -- Guardiola in 2011 as Mourinho
ratchets up the snide remarks.
"Outside of the field, he has won the entire year, the
entire season and in the future (it will be the same). He can have his personal
Champions League outside the field. Fine. Let him enjoy it, I'll give him
that." -- Guardiola finally cracks and lays into Mourinho on the eve of a
2011 Champions League semi-final, first-leg clash between Guardiola's Barcelona
and Mourinho's Real Madrid. Barcelona won 2-0.
"In this room (Real Madrid's press room), he is the
chief... In here he is the fucking man and I can't compete with him. If
Barcelona want someone who competes with that, then they should look for
another manager." -- Guardiola's swearing indicates how much Mourinho had
got under his skin.
"I try to learn from Jose on the pitch, but I prefer to
learn as little as possible from him off the pitch." -- Guardiola is
willing to admit publicly his bitter rival does have talent.
"If that's true, I will have to revise my
behaviour." -- A stunned Guardiola when it was suggested in fact his and
Mourinho's comportment was markedly similar.
Also read: Pep and Jose resume hostilities in derby duel
- Mourinho on Guardiola -
"I would be ashamed to have won it with the scandal of
Stamford Bridge (2009 Champions League semi-final when Guus Hiddink was manager
of Chelsea). If he wins it this year, it will be with the scandal of the
Bernabeu. Deep down, if they are good people, it cannot taste right for them. I
hope one day Guardiola has the chance of winning a brilliant, clean
championship with no scandal." -- Mourinho blaming the referee favouring
Guardiola's side after the 2-0 loss to Barcelona in the 2011 Champions League
semi-final, first leg.
"It's his life, but for me it's unthinkable to take a
sabbatical. He is younger than me, but I'm not tired." -- Mourinho
expressing surprise at Guardiola taking a year out after leaving Barcelona in
2012 with many believing the Spaniard had been worn to a frazzle by the
constant sparring off the pitch with the self-styled "Special One".
"Up until now there was a small group of coaches who
didn't talk about referees and a larger group who did. Now, with Pep's
comments, we have started a new era with a third group, featuring only one
person, a man who criticises when he makes good decisions. This is completely
new to me." -- Mourinho reacting to Guardiola's fury at a Barcelona goal
not being given in the 2011 Spanish Cup defeat.
"There are people, much more intelligent than me, who
manage to sell an image of themselves, completely different to mine, but deep
down they are the same as me." -- Mourinho all but accuses Guardiola of
"In a situation like this (Spain), individual fights
make sense because they can influence things. (But) in the Premier League, if I
focus on him and Manchester City, and he on me and Manchester United, someone
else is going to win the league." -- Mourinho ahead of this season,
attempting to suggest that he will be less obsessed on his old rival this time.For
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