It’s rare for Jose Mourinho to be rattled in a press conference. However, when the not-too-pretty stats about his head-to-head record with Pep Guardiola, were read out, the Chelsea boss was not amused. In 15 games against the Spaniard, he won just three times.
“Your statistics are wrong, very wrong, but I don’t’ want to discuss that because it’s not relevant,” he bristled.
“Go there and see what happened with Inter, the league of the records in Spain, the King Cup in Spain, the Super Cup in Spain, so you are very wrong. But it’s not me against him, it’s club against club.
“It’s not about me and Pep, it’s about Chelsea and Bayern Munich. Pep is not European champion and I’m not Europa League champion. We just coach here now, so it’s not about us.”
It is what it is, Jose. Guardiola has always had the upper hand. And with this with his powerful Bayern Munich team, it might just be the same all over again.
Trying desperately to copy Pep’s false nine formation, Mourinho packed his team with Hazard, De Bruyne, Oscar and Schurrle against Manchester United on Monday. It didn’t work. Of course, it showed that the Portuguese tinker might not completely trust his strikers for the big games – let’s hope Eto’o’s arrival will help – but the system failed badly.
On the other hand, Guardiola has tweaked his methods a bit and learnt how to accomodate an out-and-out striker like Mario Mandzukic and once again, Mourinho has it all it to do on Friday evening, as he hopes to land his first silverware on his second return.