Chelsea owner wanted Guardiola last summer - Balague

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Spanish journalist Guillem Balague has insisted that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich tried to bring Pep Guardiola to the club before allowing Jose Mourinho to take charge of the side for the second time. 

Balague took to Twitter during Chelsea's stalemate with La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg last night and implied that the Blues owner doesn't enjoy the team's style of football under 'The Special One'. 

Guardiola - who ultimately took over at German giants Bayern Munich - took a year out of the game whilst Mourinho was still in charge of Spanish outfit Real Madrid. 

The Bavarians boss is well known for his tika taka style of play and has gained many admirers throughout his managerial career. 

And, if Balague is to be believed, Abramovich wanted Guardiola to replace Rafa Benitez as Chelsea boss before the start of last season. 

Balague tweeted: "People, Abramovich tried to sign Pep Guardiola before he accepted the return of Mou. U really think he enjoys this?"

Mourinho and Guardiola could still meet in this season's Champions League final, with Bayern set for a crunch showdown with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu tonight. 

The pair have a great rivalry, which occurred when Mourinho was in charge of Real and Guardiola was in charge of Barcelona.

A Chelsea vs Bayern Champions League final could make a great spectacle - and that's just from the touchline. 

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