By Danny Murphy For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 22:30 GMT, 1 February 2020 | Updated: 22:30 GMT, 1 February 2020
Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola is a classic rivalry, Yin and Yang. Guardiola adored by purists for sticking to his philosophy, Mourinho intent on doing anything to win.
Pep has built some of the greatest teams in history but Jose still found a way to beat him at Inter Milan, Real Madrid and even Manchester United. I don’t agree the modern game has passed Mourinho by. He’ll have a clear gameplan on Sunday.
I’d love to have played for either manager but maybe Mourinho would have suited me more. The most successful periods of my career came in teams where I was required to be disciplined and tactically aware in midfield.
Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola is a classic rivalry, and they face off once again on Sunday
Guardiola is adored by purists for his philosophy, Mourinho is intent on doing anything to win
I remember Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry asking senior players in 2004 what type of manager we needed after Gerard Houllier. I believe Jose was interested but Liverpool ultimately opted for Rafa Benitez. When I left Anfield and saw the success Chelsea were having under Mourinho, I admit there was a little sense of ‘what if?’
This is an important time in their careers. Once, Jose and Pep dominated the domestic and European landscape but Jurgen Klopp has raised the bar even higher.
And while Mourinho and Guardiola don’t need to prove anything to the outside world — they are already legendary in the record books — they will want to prove a point to themselves.
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