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“We had a close relationship”, then Mourinho recalls the time together, 1997 at FC Barcelona. A video after the triumph in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup shows both in an intimate embrace. “As for the football, they were and are soul mates,” said Guardiola biographer Guillem Balague.
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The numerous duels in the following years but changed everything. One of the low points was the semi-finals of the Champions League 2012 when Mourinho accused his opposite number, always to blame for defeats at referees.
“The damn Boss”
the most emotionally controlled Guardiola countered with a legendary press conference in which he called Mourinho “el puto jefe”, which is translated yet cute with “the damn boss”. To be sure, Mourinho sent on Saturday like the second Pep Intimfeind the race. United’s star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The Swede, who played in his career at Inter Milan Mourinho and Barcelona under Guardiola, made never a secret of it, which of the two coaches he preferred. “These philosophers we do not need here. The dwarf and I rich,” Ibrahimovic is quoted as saying.
The dwarf was Lionel Messi, the philosopher, sure, Guardiola. It was one of the nicer quotes. For Mourinho, however the superstar would be “dead”. With a cocky video appearance on his Facebook page in which he taunted City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, Ibrahimovic also announced as a precaution to a few goals that make the Manchester derby even more interesting.
the team take the duel with crisp clean slate in attack, with three wins from three games are each impact. For most experts one of the two-armed with three-digit million sums clubs will win the championship. At least.
“No Mour was” no war with Mourinho, wrote the “Daily Star” at the beginning of the season, after Guardiola had expressed conciliatory towards the Portuguese. The fact that the “war” between the two dazzling trainer personalities should be really over, believe (and hope) on the island but no one.
Guardiola must on Saturday without star striker Sergio Aguero. The Argentine was suspended following his violent conduct in the match against West Ham United for three games. On the part of the Red Devils is gonna be ex-Bundesliga star Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenians suffered in the match against the Czech Republic a muscle injury in his left thigh.