Pep Guardiola could be forgiven if the thought of going for a post-match drink with Jose Mourinho was the last thing he wanted to do following this weekend’s Manchester derby.
One of the reasons Guardiola left the Camp Nou in the summer of 2012, certain well-connected journalists have claimed, is because Mourinho had worn him down with his relentless swipes and digs towards both himself and Barcelona during interviews and press conferences.
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“In this [press] room, he is the puto jefe, the puto amo – the f****** boss, the f****** master,” Guardiola, in his most infamous pre-match press conference, snapped on the eve of the 2011 Champions League semi-final between the two clubs. “And I don’t want to compete with him for a moment.”
However, four years have passed since the two men were last involved in direct competition, and the animosity between them appears to have subsided a little.
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How would Guardiola react to Mourinho's invite
It was reported this week that Mourinho is prepared to bury the hatchet by inviting Guardiola into his office for a glass of wine after this weekend’s derby.
But how would Guardiola react to such an invitation?
The Catalan coach was asked this question during his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon - and it turns out he would welcome the chance to have a drink with his former colleague.
"I'll accept,” Guardiola responded, “if he invites me.”
Mourinho was conducting his presser at the same time and, according to Henry Winter, described his Man City counterpart as a “very good manager”.
Surely it'll all kick off this weekend?
It all seems very different from 2010-2012, but how long will the pleasantries last?
Put it this way: it would come as a shock to nobody if the post-match drink fails to materialise because of something that happens during Saturday’s match at Old Trafford.
It’s hard to imagine them becoming friends - let alone good friends - now they’re in direct competition once again in Manchester.
Will Guardiola and Mourinho fall out again this weekend? Let us know what you think will happen be leaving a comment below.
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