The Manchester Derby.
Mourinho and Guardiola, the best of enemies.
Two arch rivals going head to head, both on the pitch, and on the side-lines. Pep and Mourinho’s quest for supremacy over each other now has come to life in England. Once rivals in the El Clasico derby in Spain, even though the context is varied; the hate still remains strong.
Once friends at Barcelona, that tag has since diminished and been damaged drastically.
It is the first official meeting between the pair since Mourinho’s Chelsea played Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in the 2013 UEFA Super Cup.
The Spaniard has the edge over his Portuguese foe with seven victories – ( however this could be seen as eight, as the draw in the Super Cup final saw Guardiola’s Bayern triumph on penalties – while the Special One has managed just three wins with six ending in a draw.
Guardiola v Mourinho : Head to Head
|La Liga||Champions League||Copa del Rey||UEFA Super Cup||Spanish Super Cup||Total|
|Draws||1||2||1||1 (PG won on pens)||1||6|
Guardiola v Mourinho – Trophies
|2 Champions Leagues||2 Champions Leagues|
|3 Club World Cups||1 UEFA Cup|
|3 La Ligas||3 Premier Leagues|
|3 Spanish Super Cups||1 FA Cup|
|3 UEFA Super Cups||3 League Cups|
|2 Copa del Reys||2 Community Shields|
|3 Bundesligas||2 Serie As|
|2 German Cups||1 Coppa Italia|
|1 Italian Super Cup|
|1 La Liga|
|1 Copa del Rey|
|1 Spanish Super Cup|
|2 Portuguese Leagues|
|1 Portuguese Cup|
|1 Portuguese Super Cup|
|Total: 21||Total: 23|
Mourinho just edges it on trophies, however he has managed at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea for a second spell, and of course Manchester United, where he has already won the community shield. Whereas, Guardiola has only managed at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, meaning he has had less opportunities to win.
Guardiola and Mourinho’s first encounter was in the Champions League, 7 years ago, in 2009. Guardiola’s Barcelona faced Mourinho’s Inter Milan side. This was in the group stages of the Champions League, meaning they faced each other twice. The first match produced a 0-0 result at the San Siro, followed by a 2-0 victory at the Camp Nou; which saw Pep taste victory for the first time against his foe to be. However, this wasn’t to be the end of affairs, they met each other again later on in the competition; in the semi-final.
Inter won the first leg 3-1 at home, which led to just the beginning of Mourinho’s sly remarks and sardonic comments about his new nemesis. Mourinho slammed Barca’s claims they should have had a penalty for a foul on Dani Alves. “A year ago Chelsea were crying and Barca were laughing with the referee,” Mourinho said, referring to the controversial Champions League semi-final at Stamford Bridge, which saw referee Tom Henning Ovrebo reject a number of penalty claims from the Blues. “They laughed because he denied my Chelsea boys their rightful place”. Inter proceeded into the second leg, in a comfortable position, and indeed saw the tie out. A 1-0 defeat was enough to send them into the final, where they went on to beat Bayern Munich 2-0, thanks to a ‘brace’ from the Argentine striker, Diego Milito. Mourinho had taken the first step in what was to go on to become a heavyweight rivalry. He signalled this by charging onto the pitch after their 3-2 aggregate win and celebrating raucously.
Rivalry reaches highest point:
In 2010, the rivalry between the pair reached a whole new level. Mourinho was appointed manager of Barcelona’s enemy; Real Madrid.
The pair’s first duel resulted in Barcelona thumping Madrid 5-0! In the league. A defeat which was hard to take for the Portuguese manager, who over time began to show that he was not the most graceful in defeat. The perfect start for Guardiola, in what was to become the fiercest managerial rivalry in the game of football. In 2011, the sides faced each other on four occasions, within just over two weeks as the Spanish giants met in La Liga, Champions League, and Copa Del Rey; which saw the relationship deteriorate. Not only were they both battling it out to have the star reputation, there was an even bigger stand off on the pitch. Of course, the ongoing debate over Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo. Similarly to their managers, both players had the same goal; to emulate one another, constant comparisons between the two players lead to heated affairs on the field as the two best players in the world contested.
The first meeting of the ones shortly to follow was a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu , which saw Barca all but clinch the league, much to Mourinho’s anger. Although, there was some salvation, as four days later, Madrid won the Copa Del Rey against them in extra time, to even things out. Next up, the pinnacle of the beautiful game- The Champions league. A first leg tie kicked off in Madrid. Barcelona won the match 2-0 thanks to the sheer brilliance of Lionel Messi, who netted two late goals for the Catalans. Pepe saw red during the match, which would build a reputation for the Portuguese defender in years to come for rash challenges. For the fifth game in a row (including Inter Milan) Mourinho had a player sent off against a Guardiola side. This highlighted Mourinho’s style of play, which today is still evident. Win at any cost, whether you play fair, or not; win the game.
Allowing players to get sent off as discipline was clearly not a worry of Mourinho’s and making inappropriate, ill-mannered comments illustrated the ugly side of his management. His protests during the match saw him send to the stands. On the other side of the story, lied Pep. A much more calm, elegant, and professional appearance filtered through in comparison to his rival, as his side defeated Madrid 3-1 on aggregate, and progressed to the Champions League final, where they would face Manchester United. Guardiola had done what Mourinho did to him the previous year at Inter, knock his side out in the semi-final and then go on to win in the final. What a win it was, a 3-1 triumph over Sir Alex’s Ferguson’s United, capped off a marvelous year for the Spaniard, as Barca won the double.
Comments made by Mourinho after Barcelona’s win over Madrid in the Champions League, made relations between the pair reach boiling point, It was clear that Mourinho was about to simmer over! After the match, he launched a shocking attack on Barcelona and the integrity of UEFA officials. “One day, I would like Josep Guardiola to win this competition properly,” he said.
“Josep Guardiola is a fantastic coach. But I have won two Champions Leagues and he has won [only] one Champions League – and that is one that would embarrass me. I would be ashamed to have won it with the scandal of Stamford Bridge. 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.”
These petty and childish remarks were clear signposts as to who was starting to gain the upper hand on the other person, whilst Guardiola sat back and allowed Lionel Messi to do the talking for him on the pitch, Mourinho sent his replies in rash red card challenges, and a taste of sourness in post-match comments. Guardiola did lash back in anguish though, stating, “I try to learn from Jose on the pitch. But as little as possible from him off it. Here, Guardiola was making his views on Mourinho evident.
Just as things seemed to die down, their tarnished relationship was revoked and brought back to life, in extreme fashion. This time, they faced off in the Spanish Super Cup in August 2011, again a two legged game. The first of the two saw a brilliant 2-2 draw played out at the Bernabeu, leaving the second leg wide open for drama. It did not fail to deliver this. Barcelona won 3-2 on the night, but all the commotion was at the end of the match. Marcelo of Real Madrid unleashed a horrific tackle on Cesc Fabregas , which sparked a pitch side brawl. Marcelo, Özil, and David Villa were all shown red cards. However, the most shocking moment was yet to come. Mourinho got up and appeared to almost gauge the eye of Guardiola’s assistant- Tito Vilanova. This bizarre moment exemplified how the battle between the two had reached new heights.
Barcelona started to raise the platform for success, and completed back to back wins four months on from the Super Cup antics. One win coming in La Liga, and the other for the Copa Del Rey quarter final first leg. The second leg saw Barcelona progress through to the semi-finals where they would go on to win the competition. This extended Guardiola advantage over his counterpart as this stretched his unbeaten run over Mourinho to seven games.
In April 2012, Mourinho did have the last laugh however. A 2-1 victory in La Liga marked the end of the matches between the duo. This also saw Real Madrid go on to win the La liga and allowed Mourinho some satisfaction after a torrid run against Guardiola in the latter stages of their meetings.
Guardiola announced he was going to take a sabbatical. Mourinho’s response to this was, “”It’s his life, but for me it’s unthinkable to take a sabbatical. He is younger than me, but I’m not tired,”
Guardiola returned to management in 2013 with Bayern Munich. He then met Mourinho for the first time since the El Clasico, a Uefa Super Cup on the line. This time they were both managing different sides, as Jose returned to Chelsea.
A match ended in a draw, however Guardiola ruled victor once again. A final blow to the heart of Mourinho ended their meetings in recent times.
There was still time to add fuel to the fire though for Mourinho, as he couldn’t resist. The best team clearly lost,” retorted Mourinho. “They just scored one more penalty. “After the game, Mourinho was quizzed by the press on his poor record against Guardiola – he had only won three of their 16 meetings. “Your statistics are wrong and very wrong,” Mourinho said. “Go there and see what happened with Inter in the Champions League semi-final. I won the Spanish cup final in Valencia; I won the Super Cup in Spain. I was champion in Spain. I won the match for the title in Barcelona with Real Madrid.”
Now they meet again for the first time since then.
Again, battling it out against each other at rival clubs. City and United have had the perfect start to the season, both winning 9 points out of a possible 9. With United playing at home, and Manchester City having no Sergio Agüero, Man United look the current favourites to win the match. One thing is for sure though, the rivalry on the side-line will correspond with the hatred on the pitch.
I am expecting a whirlwind of a match, with thrills and spills. This is set to be one of the most anticipated Manchester Derbies in recent times. Will Guardiola outsmart Mourinho again? Will Mourinho park the bus?
Who will have the first set of bragging rights in Manchester?
Time will only tell.
By Tom Cavilla, 18 years old.