Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho once again faced off recently as their respective sides played the first ever Manchester Derby played outside England.
It was The Special One who prevailed as his side found two quickfire goals shortly before half-time thanks to Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford. During the pair’s first season in Manchester, it was Pep who had the upper hand with his City side claiming all three points at Old Trafford while securing a draw back at the Etihad. The Citizens finished three places above United in third.
The comparisons between the two coaches have been incessant since they arrived in the north-west and one man who can offer more insight than most is Samuel Eto’o, with the Cameroon international having played under both coaches.
Speaking in 2014, Eto’o made some fascinating claims.
For Eto’o, there seems to be genuine ill will towards Guardiola despite the fact he enjoyed such success working with him at Barcelona.
“Pep as a player? What can I say? As a trainer, he had nothing to show me.”
When speaking about Mourinho, who we won the Champions League for Inter with, he couldn’t offer enough praise. Probably the most interesting piece of information he gives regards the manager’s behaviour with a game on the horizon.
“As a game approaches, he becomes someone else.”
Just like before the start of last season, many are tipping one of the two Manchester clubs to take home the Premier League trophy come next May. If that is to be the case, the two derbies, pencilled in for December 9 and April 7, will be crucial.