The manager duo spoke ahead of their highly anticipated clash in the Premier League.
The Premier League is in for a Sunday treat a classic managerial rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola returns. Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester City for the first time under the Portuguese manager aiming for victory.
The rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola – two of the best managers in the world, often amazes the spectators. Be it the El Clasico or the Manchester Derby, the duo has faced each other in crunch clashes over the years. Spurs and City may not be the long time rivals of each other, but the Citizens would definitely look to avenge their loss in the Champions League knockout stages last season. On the other hand, the Spurs are desperately in need of a win as their quest for a top four finish continues.
Ahead of the all-important fixture, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola both expressed their opinion over each other. “With him I remember more the three years we fought on the same side, working together at the same club,” Mourinho began.
“The space of the work every day for three years. I remember more that than what people can speak about rivalry. Then, of course, Barcelona and Real Madrid, Inter and Barcelona in the Champions League, City and United, now Tottenham and City,” he added.
Once teammates at FC Barcelona, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola went on to become two of the best managers in the world. However, all friendships will be kept aside considering their desperation for victory.
“Again no Jose and Pep. Clubs, teams and that’s just one more. A new chapter for us because it’s the first time, Tottenham against Manchester City with us,” continued Mourinho. “For me, it’s a game I want to win because I want my team to win and we need points. No more than that.”
On the other hand, Pep Guardiola insists his counterpart will need some time to settle at the helm of his new club. “I saw the game [Tottenham played] against Liverpool and the last game against Southampton and the team is alive, it’s not flat.”
“They are a team that are aggressive and can play with different systems. And always [Mourinho] is a huge competitor and his teams are always tough,” he said to Sky Sports.
“We are going to prepare tomorrow for the game and travel to London. We will try to get a good result and to be closer to qualify for the Champions League next season,” concluded Guardiola.