Football fans would rather play for prime Pep Guardiola than prime Jose Mourinho

Finally, it has been settled. The man of the people is in fact Pep Guardiola and not Jose Mourinho.

At least, that is what our Facebook followers have voted for in our poll published on Wednesday.

With an overwhelming majority of 58% of the votes, Pep Guardiola was determined as the manager you would have preferred to play under.

Of course, both men have won everything that there is to win at numerous clubs.

Jose Mourinho had conquered Portugal with Porto before disrupting the Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson monopoly over the Premier League with Chelsea.

The Special One captured the treble during his time in Italy with Inter Milan, before finally going toe-to-toe with Guardiola in numerous El Clasico clashes in the early 2010s.

Guardiola, of course, has a treble to his name with Barcelona in 2009, kicking off a dominance not seen in Spanish football since the Alfredo di Stefano Real Madrid team of the 1950s.

A domestic dominance that Real Madrid would temper for a season under Mourinho.

After a hiatus, Guardiola would dominate in Germany with Bayern Munich and in England with Manchester City, capturing five league titles and numerous cup accolades.

Blemishes against the pair remain; Guardiola’s search for that third Champions League success and his inability to win the trophy outside of his time at Barcelona.

Mourinho, also chasing his third European Cup, has had a failed stint at Manchester United to his name, and has yet to make a mark in his tenure at Tottenham Hotspur.

Tactically, at least in their current guises, the pair couldn’t be further apart.

Perhaps imbued by his time in Italy, Mourinho has followed up on that famous Champions League semi-final win in the Nou Camp in 2010 with an air of Machiavelli about his tactics.

Mourinho’s win at all costs no matter how ugly has since become a long-term accusation of the Portuguese manager, whilst Guardiola has a clear preference of Tiki-Taka.

Inspired by Total Football and the great Johan Cruyff, whom Pep played under in the early 1990s with Barcelona, Guardiola made a tactical imprint on Barcelona and its La Masia academy forevermore.

This tactical revolution bled into the Spanish national team who reaped its rewards, claiming two European Championships and a World Cup.

Most recent continental and international successes under the system came under the banner of Barcelona’s 2015 Champions League win.

Whilst the tactics have, like Mourinho, come under fire for the Spanish national team, Pep still juggles success on numerous fronts with his style.

Proponents for such a system include the metronomic holy trinity of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi. Outside of his time in Catalonia, however, Pep has also relied on the likes of Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski, David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne, to bring out similar performances.

On the other side of the fence, whilst the Real Madrid hierarchy and some of its players might not have grown accustom to Mourinho’s style, he has a loud presence of worshippers.

The spine of Chelsea’s title-winning team from 2005 and 2006; John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba for one. Joining them, the likes of Samuel Eto’o from his Inter Milan days, as well as the Portuguese defensive duo of Paulo Ferreira and Ricardo Carvalho and, more recently, Nemanja Matic.

The debate will continue to rage on; Mourinho or Guardiola?

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