The smell of soccer will take derby aroma this Sunday afternoon in Manchester: at 5:30 p.m. (Catalan time) Manchester City of Pep Guardiola and Manchester United of José Mourinho face the Etihad Stadium, the feeder citizen . Far from the rivalry that they lived in the Spanish League when they were, respectively, the coaches of Barça and Real Madrid, they now meet three seasons of rivalry in the Premier League.
"It's better, in the end we are good people. More than you think, "he joked in the previous Guardiola, about the less bloody rivalry that lives now with Mourinho. After a record-breaking season in the Premier, the Catalan coach has his leader at the table and shows his face more calm and calm. Guardiola is happy in Manchester and Manchester are happy with him. Instead, Mourinho has experienced several episodes of stirring and controversy since the beginning of this season and his United provisionally occupies eighth position.
The Portuguese coach has gone on and off with his relationship with the team's star, French midfielder Paul Pogba and scenes that deteriorate his image as the launch of a television camera at the United-Newcastel break the October 6th. Or, without going any further, this week that caused the fans of Juventus to Turin, putting their hands on their ears after their team overcome the duel in the final (1-2) in the Champions League. The coach excused himself at a press conference: "I should not have done it, but they have been starting off by insulting me." That's Mourinho.
Confrontation number 22 between Guardiola and Mourinho
But beyond these controversies, the two coaches will look for the victory on Sunday in Manchester derby with their soccer arguments. The game of possession of the City of Guardiola, who has one of his best players injured: Kevin de Bruyne, against the muscle of the United of Mourinho who comes to the meeting with Pogba and Lukaku between cotton. The derby today is chapter 22 between the Catalan and Portuguese coaches. The first face to face between the two technicians was 9 years ago, in 2009.
Since then, Guardiola has been forced into nine of these clashes, seven have finished in a draw and Mourinho has taken five. In fact, Guardiola is the coach who has more than defeated the Portuguese.