Before Tottenham’s trip to Manchester City (Saturday 6.30 p.m. on RMC Sport), José Mourinho spoke about his now peaceful relationship with his longtime rival Pep Guardiola. Especially when the two coaches went through family tragedies.
On the eve of the clash between Manchester City and Tottenham (Saturday 6.30 p.m., on RMC Sport), José Mourinho confided in his relationship with Pep Guardiola. He confirmed that despite some disagreements, they have a longstanding mutual respect. “There are moments in life that we don’t forget. When my father died (in 2017, editor’s note), and he knew how important he was to me, Pep called me”, said the Portuguese this Friday at a press conference.
“When his mother died (in April 2020), I answered in the same way. These are things that people do not see. Today, I share it because I have the opportunity”, he continued. “The problem with us coaches is that it’s not easy to develop friendships because we don’t see each other,” the Spurs coach also remarked.
“What happens in a football match stays in a football match”
“With Pep, I keep in mind the three years we worked together. We saw each other every day, we celebrated together the titles we won and we were disappointed together when we lost,” he says. he remembering the 90s in Barcelona. “A great time in our life, him as a player and myself as a young assistant. After that I can only have good feelings with him. I’m from the generation where what happens in a soccer match remains in a soccer match, ”he concluded.
That didn’t stop them from clashing verbally when one was at Real Madrid and the other at Barca. But since then, the hatchet seems to have been buried. Along with Manchester City, Guardiola currently holds the lead in the Premier League ahead of Manchester United and Leicester. Mourinho’s Tottenham are disappointing in eighth place, seven points off the podium.