Jose Mourinho is not even in the same league as his great rival Pep Guardiola – according to former Celtic star and England international Chris Sutton.
The two managerial powerhouses are locked in battle again this season with Manchester City and Manchester United vying for the Premier League title, and it is Guardiola’s City who have the early advantage with a five point lead over United, who sit in second ahead of of Tottenham on goal difference.
And Sutton, in his article for the Daily Mail, thinks Mourinho’s negativity against tougher sides is one of the things that puts him behind Guardiola.
“Pep Guardiola is in a different league to Jose Mourinho. While Manchester City continue to set the pace in the Premier League, every other team — Mourinho’s Manchester United included — is playing catch-up.
“This week has exposed the flaws in Mourinho’s approach. Last week, United set up negatively against Liverpool at Anfield and played for a draw.
“Debate has raged over whether that 0-0 draw was one point gained or two dropped. Saturday’s defeat at Huddersfield shows it was the latter.
“It is all very well to park the bus against your top-six rivals — though as Tottenham showed yesterday, Liverpool were there for the taking.”
Of course, it is far too early to say Pep will overcome Jose in this year’s Premier League battle – with the form Spurs are in, neither Manchester club is even guaranteed to lift the Premier League trophy come the end of the season.
However, Guardiola’s fearless approach in big games, which saw City outplay and ultimately beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge – a game Mourinho would surely have settled for a point in – could be a decisive factor in this year’s title race. Only time will tell…