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Jose Mourinho - I And Pep Guardiola Have A Positive Relationship

Jose Mourinho - I And Pep Guardiola Have A Positive Relationship
19/7/2017


Manchester United Boss Jose Mourinho said in an interview that he has a positive relationship with Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola and adding that their relationship in England is quite different from back in Spain. 

"You know, in Spain, it is two clubs fighting against each other," Mourinho said. "Now Atletico Madrid is also close, but in our time, it was just about us.

"For three years, it was just about us. Champions League matches, La Liga titles, Copa del Rey finals, Super Cup finals. Everything was about Real and Barcelona. We were in a situation of [it being] not easy. In England, I knew, I knew before it happened that it would be completely different, because it's a completely different league."

Manchester United will be facing Pep Guardiola side on the 20th of July, in the international Champions Cup. The first Manchester Derby outside of England at the NRG Stadium.


The two Managers have been friends since the late 90's and have had great experiences together, due to having been rivals at Spain, sparked a-lot of assumptions of personal issues between the two by spectators when they arrived in England but the United Boss said their behavioral change was mostly due to the change in attitude.. 

"I think the way we behaved, both, I think make it also blow in that direction," he said. "Many people would think wrongly that we had a personal situation, to which we always told 'no.' It was just the consequence of being in Barcelona and Real Madrid in a specific period of their history.

"Barcelona was in the top. Real Madrid was in the low and trying to come and break that Barcelona dominancy. But we worked together. We were colleagues for three years. We lived in the same stadium, in the same dressing room for three years.

"We were good friends and we showed that last season, that we could perfectly show the football world that our relationship is positive. Are we rivals? Yes. We want to win the same titles? Yes. But with the respect that we could show last season."

Concerning Their Game Against City - 20/07/2017

"For me it's just the same [as against LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake], but against better players and a better team," he said. "But the way I look to it is the same way I look to the other matches.

"I will still train before the match and train hard. I will still play 22 players, not 11. I will still try to play well and to do things that we train, much more important than the result for me will be the same.

"But I know that is Manchester City and it is a city rival and probably people will look at it with different eyes. If we win, they make a big story. If we lose they make a bigger story. I know that, but I am training."

Concerning Next Seasons Interaction With European Competitions

"There is one thing, this season is going be a little more balanced because of the fact the top six are all in European competitions," he said. "Not like last season, when Chelsea and Liverpool played all season one match per week, with all the others playing in Europeans competitions -- especially us, playing in Europa League. "Next season, six teams, and also Everton, are going to play in Europe and that is going to create a new situation for Chelsea and Liverpool."

Asked If It Was Non-European Competition Involvement The Enabled Chelsea's Premier League Triumph

"I don't want to say it was 'key,' because if I say that, I don't want to take credit from the credit that they [Chelsea] deserve," Mourinho said. "But obviously, to play one match per week and one, two or three days off during the week, have no injuries or no accumulation, the same with Liverpool, I think obviously it helps.

"Now they are going to face a different situation, but with the squad they have and the players they are signing, I think they are going to cope with it."

If United Can Win The Premier League Next Season

"Can we win it? We can, but maybe we don't," he said. "As I was saying, everything is good and strong, but some of them [other clubs] are really strong on the market, so it is going to be difficult..

"Normally, the second season should be better than the first, because you know the club, you know the players. The players, they know you, the club know you can affect in a positive way the structure. You can affect in a positive way the people that work around you.

"So normally the second season should be better than the first, but again, this is modern football. The reality is totally different. So when I see the way other clubs invest, when I see the way other clubs keep their best players, when I see the way other clubs refuse to sell their best players, when I see the economic power to do it, it is getting much harder. It's getting much harder for everyone, so we don't know."
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