The Catalan coach was complimentary
of his Portuguese counterpart, with
whom he shares a long standing
rivalry from their time in charge of
Barca and Madrid respectively
New Manchester City boss Pep
Guardiola admits that managing in the
same league as Jose Mourinho forces
him to up his game as a coach and
Guardiola covered a multitude of
subjects at his first official press
conference as the Citizens’ new gaffer,
but the topic on everyone lips is the
long-standing rivalry between the
Catalan and Portuguese, who is set for
his first season in charge of Manchester
“[Mourinho] wants to win, I want to
win,” Pep began. “We know each other
pretty well from before at Barcelona. I
think it’s great that top managers are
here [in the Premier League] – big
managers take me as a manager to a
different level.
“Competing with them takes me to
another level, they push you to win
things like the Champions League. And
then you find out if you’re big enough
or capable enough of running teams
like Barca, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich,
like Manchester City, but I’ve only just
started here.”
Though while many will see the
2016-17 Premier League as a two-
horse race at a managerial level given
the former Clasico foes’ reputations,
Guardiola was quick to point out that
the English top flight offers more than
just Pep and Jose.
“It’s going to be interesting,” he went
on. “Conte is a master tactician, I think
he’s a great signing for Chelsea. It’s
going to be very interesting competing
against him. Claudio Ranieri too,
Ronald Koeman at Everton as well.
“It’s hard to say how it’s going to pan