The smell of football will be derby on this Sunday afternoon in Manchester: at 5.30 pm (Catalan time) Manchester City or Pep Guardiola and Manchester United by José Mourinho opposite the Etihad Stadium, the feeder burger. Far from the rivalry that they lived in the Spanish League when they were the coaches of Barça and Real Madrid respectively, they now meet three seasons of rivalry in the Premier League.
"It's better, in the end we're good people, more than you think," he joked in the previous Guardiola, about the less bloody rivalry that now lives with Mourinho. After a record 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 is happy with him. Instead, Mourinho has experienced several episodes of excitement and controversy since the beginning of this season and his United State is in eighth position for the time being.
The Portuguese coach has gone on and off with his relationship with the star of the team, the French midfielder Paul Pogba and scenes that are worsening his image as the launch of a television camera on the United-Newcastel breaking the 6th of October. Or, without going any further, this week that the fans of Juventus brought to Turin, lay their hands on their ears after their team had conquered the game in the final (1-2) in the Champions League. The coach excused himself during a press conference: "I should not have done it, but they started by insulting me." That is Mourinho.
Confrontation number 22 between Guardiola and Mourinho
But beyond these controversies, the two coaches will seek victory on Sunday in Manchester derby with their football arguments. The game of possession of the city Guardiola, who injured one of his best players: Kevin de Bruyne, against the muscle of the United from Mourinho who comes to the meeting with Pogba and Lukaku between cotton. Today's derby 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 to nine of these skirmishes, seven have a draw and Mourinho has taken five. In fact, Guardiola is the coach who has more than defeated the Portuguese.