Pep Guardiola Talks “Polite” Rivalry With Jose Mourinho – New Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that there is no bad blood between himself and new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
This duo have been rivals since Guardiola was manager at Barcelona and Mourinho at Real Madrid, but Guardiola says it’s all polite between them.
The two clubs meet on Monday in the International Champions Cup pre-season tournament, and Guardiola said he expected to shake hands with Mourinho.
“We are polite guys, why not?” Guardiola said. “Why should we not shake hands? No reason why. He will want to win and so will I, that’s all. It’s a friendly game, a really friendly game.”
With Mourinho the first beacon of hope at the red half of Manchester since the legendary Alex Ferguson left, Guardiola revealed he expected his new rivals to be much tougher.
“I’m pretty sure they will be stronger than in previous years,” said Guardiola. “With this manager I’m sure they will buy new players. They will be a strong team.”
“We didn’t see the pitch but there is a lot of water in the last days so we understand it’s not in a good condition,” said Guardiola of the poor condition of the Chinese stadium.
“But OK we’re going to adapt and adjust. The most important thing is that the players are not going to be injured. We know the humidity for the training is not ideal, but we also know that it’s so important to come here to know the people and to play a good two games against amazing teams like United and Dortmund.”