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Is Jose Mourinho a better manager than Guardiola?

Mourinho & Guardiola are now managing outside of Spain (©GettyImages)
Mourinho & Guardiola are now managing outside of Spain (©GettyImages).

Over the years there have been some fascinating duels between former Barcelona and Real Madrid managers, none more so than Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.

It is often questioned who is better, and here we try to establish who is better, with statistics courtesy of Transfermarkt.

Win percentages. Mourinho: 66.93% | Guardiola: 72.47%

Guardiola does have a noticeably higher win percentage, but both managers have an unbelievably good one at that. Mourinho with Chelsea amassed a win percentage of over 70% which makes him the Premier League’s second most successful manager ever.

Guardiola leads, however, but is must be said Mourinho’s record is arguably just as good as it is with five different clubs.

Trophies. Mourinho: 20 | Guardiola: 14

Mourinho has won more trophies, but once again Guardiola tops his rival in terms of average trophies won per season - although it must be considered that the Portuguese began his career with far more humble clubs including Leiria, than Guardiola, who began his career at Barcelona after a solitary season coaching the Barcelona B side.

Head to Head. 15 Matches: 3 Mourinho wins | 5 Draws | 7 Guardiola wins

This is perhaps the most telling of statistics when comparing the two as Mourinho can have few excuses this time. Having spent many hundreds of millions assembling his team which included the world-record signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, Mourinho came up short against Guardiola who spent comparatively less in his side, and focused on developing what he had and getting the best out of the likes of Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi.

However, some would argue that Guardiola inherited such a good squad that little to no spending was needed, and so predecessor Frank Rijkaard is just as responsible.

Overall assessment: Mourinho wins

Although, most of the statistics contradict this statement, Mourinho has had to sustain his success over 13 seasons in total, whereas Guardiola has only been managing for five seasons in all.

At Barcelona, Guardiola inherited an incredibly good squad which included

some of the best players of all time. Wherever he has gone, Mourinho has had to build his own squad, and at all of his clubs has achieved a spell of dominance.

Guardiola has been somewhat unambitious by choosing Bayern Munich as his next destination, and unless he can sustain the success enjoyed by Jupp Heynckes, his reign must be regarded as a failure.

Meanwhile, Mourinho has returned to Stamford Bridge, where there is room for improvement with a young and talented squad.

With the rivalry set to resume in August with the Super Cup, who do you think is the better manager?

 

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