Mourinho promises not to get personal with Guardiola
LISBON—Newly-appointed Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said Tuesday he will not let his rivalry with Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola get in the way of his bid for the English Premier League title.
Mourinho and Guardiola will arrive in Manchester for next season with a shared past and pressure to succeed. And Mourinho believes that if they focus on their long-standing rivalry, another team will be crowned champion next season.
The pair went head to head in an often bitter rivalry between 2010 and 2012 when the Portuguese was in charge of Real Madrid and Guardiola coached Barcelona.
“My experience doesn’t allow me to play the innocent. I rubbed shoulders with Pep for two years in a league where the champion was him or I, Real Madrid or Barcelona. In such a situation, the individual duels are meaningful because they can have an influence,” admitted the Portuguese.—AFP
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