Guardiola and mourinho relationship

Premier League feature: The story behind the infamous Mourinho-Guardiola relationship |

guardiola and mourinho relationship

Dec 8, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho have not allowed their rivalry to erupt since taking over at Man City and Manchester United respectively. Jul 25, The first meeting between Guardiola and Mourinho as managers pair vied for domestic and European honours, their relationship turned ugly. May 27, Jose Mourinho is set to take over at Man Utd, and with Pep Guardiola at City an old rivalry is set to be renewed - Goal looks at how their.

A lot has happened since. With Van Gaal relieved of his duties by United on Monday, Mourinho waited in the wings to replace his former mentor in the Old Trafford hotseat.

No love lost there. And across the city divide, the year-old will clash once again with a former friend and recent foe in Guardiola. Back in their time together at Camp Nou, Pep and Jose shared a mutual admiration. Guardiola, although still a player, was considered a future coach even then and was known as one of the game's deep thinkers. And the Catalan admired Mourinho's analytical approach to football. At the training ground, the two men spent long hours talking tactics.

When Frank Rijkaard left Barcelona inMourinho wanted the coach's job and in his Powerpoint presentation to Blaugrana officials in Lisbon, he outlined his blueprint to former vice-president Marc Ingla. And in that meeting, he named Guardiola as one of his possible assistants.

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But Barca had other ideas. Txiki Begiristain, sporting director at the time, favoured a move for Guardiola and the Catalan was appointed as first-team coach after a sole season at Barca B. Mourinho was not amused.

guardiola and mourinho relationship

Pep's spectacular spell at Barca began with a treble triumph inbut in his second season the former club captain crossed paths with Mourinho in the Champions League - and the Portuguese had the last laugh by eliminating the Blaugrana in the semi-finals with Inter en route to the title.

The Portuguese infuriated Barca fans - and some of the players, including goalkeeper Victor Valdes - by celebrating wildly on the Camp Nou pitch, but before the game Guardiola had spoken highly of his former colleague. By that point, they had faced each other in just one Clasico clash - an outrageously one-sided win for the Blaugrana at Camp Nou in late November.

But things later came to a head as Barca and Madrid met five times in a tumultuous day period in April. And following a tight first half, Pedro thought he had broken the deadlock when he latched onto a pass from Lionel Messi and fired past Iker Casillas.

guardiola and mourinho relationship

Guardiola waved his finger in disapproval, but replays showed the officials' decision was correct as Pedro was indeed a fraction beyond the last Madrid defender, Alvaro Arbeloa, and Real went on to win in extra time as Cristiano Ronaldo headed home from an Angel Di Maria cross. Sanchez equalised Sami Khedira's effort with one of the scrappiest goals ever seen in El Clasico before Cristiano rounded the goalkeeper and finished to earn the win for Mourinho and infuriate thousands of Catalans by gesturing for them to calm down.

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Fernando Torres' rasping volley was cancelled out by Franck Ribery's low drive before Eden Hazard's solo effort looked to have won it for Mourinho. But the Blues switched off late to allow Javier Martinez to equalise in stoppage time at the end of extra-time. After nine perfect penalties in the shoot-out, Manuel Neuer dived low to his left to keep out Romelu Lukaku's spot kick and hand Guardiola the trophy.

But a mistake by City keeper Claudio Bravo, making his debut following his move from Barcelona, allowed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to pull a goal back for United. Bravo, brought in to replace England keeper Joe Hart, endured a jittery debut and was lucky not to concede a penalty and be sent off for a reckless lunge on Wayne Rooney after the Chilean had lost control of the ball inside his own area.

City had endured a winless run too but Guardiola rung the changes for the Old Trafford clash. Guardiola threw on Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling but City couldn't find an equaliser and United progressed to the quarter-finals.

Jose Mourinho Pep Guardiola and I have a positive relationship - ESPN FC

City were in the ascendancy for the large part but failed to really test United stopper David De Gea. Ander Herrera had the best chance of the first-half as he headed wide when free at the back post. A dull first-half was sparked into life with just 10 minutes to go as Fellaini saw red for a shocking headbutt on Sergio Aguero.

The draw leaves City in fourth, a point behind Liverpool, while United are a point behind their fierce rivals. David Silva and Marcus Rashford exchanged quickfire goals just before the break, after which Nicolas Otamendi poached the winning goal, with Ederson later producing a remarkable double save from Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata.