Argentine legend Diego Maradona has insisted Jose Mourinho is the 'greatest' manager in the world, and that he surpasses the likes of Pep Guardiola.
Maradona let on that he feels Guardiola is still miles apart from the Portuguese manager and needs time to reach the same level as that of his former La Liga rival. Speaking to Sky Sports, Maradona said: ”Mourinho is a friend of mine. For me,Mourinho is the greatest without a shadow of doubt because he knows what you’re going to say before you say it.
”It’s extremely dangerous! That’s what makes him Mourinho.That’s what makes him the greatest.”
Maradona was then quizzed about comparing Guardiola and Mourinho, to which the former World Cup winner answered: ”Pep or Mourinho? I say Mourinho. I think Pep needs a little more time, as Mourinho has had, to be Mourinho.”
The Spanish manager won three league titles alongside two Champions League triumphs in four seasons with Catalan giants Barcelona. Back-to-back Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich have since followed, but Guardiola is currently under a lot of criticism after four straight losses for the Bavarians, including the Champions League semi-final first-leg 3-0 loss to his former club.
Comparing the greats
Meanwhile, Mourinho recently added another silverware in his managerial career in winning the Premier League this season with Chelsea. Nobody can deny the fact that so called Special One has had success wherever he has managed, be it with Porto, Inter Milan, Real Madrid or Chelsea.
Mourinho and Guardiola could reignite their rivalry as it is highly tipped that the Bayern boss could be the successor to Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini next season at the Etihad Stadium.
Football fans, who do you think is the better of the two? Weigh in on the debate in the comments box below and let us know!
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