Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admires the way his old foe Jose Mourinho has battled through recent adversity. Mourinho has survived a testing period as Manchester United manager to head into Sunday’s derby against City buoyant after a stunning away win against Juventus in the Champions League.
A month ago Mourinho was under heavy pressure at Old Trafford after a run of indifferent results and there were even reports the sack was imminent.
The turnaround since has impressed Guardiola, whose long and – at times – bitter rivalry with Mourinho, stretching back to their time in Spain, is well documented. “I admire not just Jose, all the managers, especially when they have tough problems,” Pep said.
“The situation he lives I have lived in the past myself and when it is going bad I will be in the same position. “I want to beat all the managers. We are not all friends – it is not necessary to be friends – but I am in the same position and when they suffer I know I will be there sooner or later.
“Especially I admire the managers that react in the tough moments, when you lose games, and, both of us, we are similar. “The expectation of us all is so high. If we don’t win, always we fail. He reacts and still stands up and keeps going. “We have to win all the titles we play for. We are quite similar in those situations.”