Man City boss Guardiola plays down personal rivalry with Mourinho

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Pep Guardiola has played down reports of an issue between himself and Jose Mourinho, and noted that the game today is far bigger than any personal issues they may have.

The pair clashed time and time again when managers of Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, and when Pep arrived in England, many people thought that was set to happen again – however, there have been few incidents between the duo, and Guardiola himself has pointed to that ahead of the showdown.

“Listen, when we arrived here it’s OK, I understand: it’s Pep arrives and they are both together a year,” Goal report Guardiola said. “But it’s now two years and nothing happened in a special way.

“I have never beaten Mourinho and he has never beaten me.

“Our teams beat the other ones. I don’t play against Jose. He doesn’t play against me. Sometimes his teams, they beat me, sometimes mine beat him, it’s simple like that.

“I respect him a lot. It’s not about Pep v Jose.

“Of course, for the fans to win [the league] against United, I can understand how special it can be.

“But in the end, [it might not happen] — I’m sorry.”

Jurgen Klopp watches Liverpool at Burnley

Jurgen Klopp during the Premier League match between Burnley and Liverpool at Turf Moor on January 1, 2018 in Burnley, England.

Huge day

It’s not just a massive day for City and United, there’s another derby earlier in the day as Liverpool take on Everton, and possibly without their best player.

The majority of reports suggest Mo Salah will be missing during the game through an injury he picked up against Man City – though Klopp claimed the club were trying to do everything they could to get him back to full fitness and of course want him to feature against Everton.

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