Mourinho – Guardiola Head to Head

Age

Guardiola is 39. Mourinho 47.

Playing careers

Guardiola was a defensive midfielder in the Cruyff’s Barcelona dream team of the 1990’s. He made 263 league appearances and won six league championships, a UEFA Cup and Champions League winners medal. He played 47 times for Spain.

Mourinho played a limited number of games for lower level Portuguese clubs Rio Ave, Belenenses, Sesimbra and Comercio e Industria between 1980 and 1987.

Management

Guardiola was promoted from coaching Barcelona’s B team to replace Frank Rijkaard as first team manager before the 2008-9 season. In his first season at the club he completed the treble of league championship, domestic cup and Champions League (defeating Manchester United 2-0 in the final). Guardiola is the youngest manager to win European club football’s most prestigious trophy. In his second season in charge at the Nou Camp he again won the league, but Barca where knocked out of the Champions League by Inter in the semi-final.

Mourinho tasted managerial success with Portuguese club Porto where he won two league trophies and lead the club to European glory winning both the UEFA Cup and the Champions League. He moved to Chelsea where again won the league twice. Chelsea reached the final of the Champions League in 2008 but lost the penalty shoot-out against Manchester United. Mourinho joined Inter Milan where he again won a double of league championships in his two seasons. In his second and final season in Italy he won the treble of league championship, domestic cup and Champions League (defeating Bayern Munich in the final).

Guardiola against Real

Barcelona have won all four meetings with Real under Guadiola’s leadership. 2-0 and 6-2 in 2008-9 and 1-0 and 2-0 last season.

Mourinho against Barcelona

Chelsea knocked Barcelona out for 2004-5 Champions League competition 5-4 in the last 16 stage. The two clubs also met in the 2005-6 competition at the same stage, this time Barcelona came out on top winning 3-2.

Mourinho versus Guadiola

Inter and Barcelona where paired together in the group stages of last seasons Champions League. Both teams advanced to the knock-out stages after a 0-0 draw in Italy and a 2-0 win for Barcelona in Spain. The clubs met again in the semi-final. Inter won the first leg at home 3-1 with goals from Sneijder, Maicon and Milito. Barcelona failed to break a resolute ten man Italian defence at the Nou Camp. Pique scored minutes before the end of the game. Inter advanced to the final where they defeated Bayern Munich 2-0 thanks to two goals by Argentine strike Milito.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josep_Guardiola

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Mourinho

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