Style of play
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola sent a thinly veiled dig at his neighbours and rivals Manchester United, claiming that the Red Devils don’t play the best football.
He noted that sides like Chelsea and Spurs do play good football – but that United resort to playing long balls.
He did of course remain as polite as ever and claim he had respect for them, but that’s hardly likely to make Jose Mourinho impressed.
Guardiola spoke to the BBC and said:“I see Chelsea, I see Tottenham, they want to play, they like to play, and build up, so when United play long balls, second balls they play to Fellaini and Pogba after they have the quality to play.
“I have a lot of respect for my neighbours.”
Mourinho and Guardiola are of course people who know each other well from their time in Spain – that many would say was toxic for them both, with Mourinho finally winning La Liga with Real Madrid, and then Guardiola of course leaving Barcelona for a sabbatical.
Mourinho spoke after the Europa League final about his side and style of play, and hit out at his critics and sides who only focus on playing pleasing football and not winning titles and trophies.
He said: “So some guys win every time, I don’t, but in a bad season, in a season where sometimes I felt that my team was the worst team in the world, where I felt I was the worst manager in the world, we win three trophies and go to the Champions League by winning a trophy, not by finishing fourth, third or second.
“Tonight was the victory of pragmatism, the victory of the humble people that respect the opponents, that try to stop the opponent’s qualities, that try to exploit the opponent’s weaknesses.”