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“I prefer to have José Mourinho rather than Pep Guardiola”


Jose Mourinho has been hailed and ranked ahead of Man City manager Pep Guardiola after making history in charge of Italian club Roma.

Mourinho became the first football manager to win four European trophies with four different clubs as his Roma side beat Feyenoord 1-0 in the Europa Conference League final on Wednesday night.

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Roma beat Feyenoord 1-0 in the inaugural Europa Conference League

“I prefer to have José Mourinho rather than Pep Guardiola”

Jose Mourinho has become the first manager to lift the Europa Conference League trophy

The magnitude of being the first winners of UEFA’s new competition has been questioned, in the grand scheme of European football, calling it ‘Europe’s Papa John’s Trophy’.

But try telling that to Roma fans, who celebrated wildly after their 14-year trophy drought ended with their first major piece of European silverware in their history.

Emotion also for Mourinho who won the fifth European gong of his career.

And, while some still doubt the Special One is still an ‘elite’ manager, talkSPORT pundit Dean Saunders has confessed his admiration for the Portuguese manager.

And, saying he will go down in history as one of the best football managers in history, the former Liverpool and Wales striker explained why he chose Mourinho over the Premier League champion Guardiola.

Speaking on the talkSPORT breakfast, Saunders said: “Do you remember asking me this question, if you owned a football club, who would you have as your manager?

“I prefer to have José Mourinho rather than Pep Guardiola”

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Mourinho and Guardiola were great rivals during their La Liga days in charge of Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​and resumed their rivalry in the Premier League


“I said Mourinho, and you said, ‘not Guardiola?’

“Well, Jose Mourinho has proven that he can put together an average group of players and win the European Cup with Porto, and he just did it again last night with an average group of players in Rome.

“He won something again and everything he said to Manchester United came true.

“He will go down and one of the best managers in football history.”

Saunders was referring to Mourinho’s admission that leading the Red Devils to second place in the Premier League in 2017/18 was one of his best achievements.

“I prefer to have José Mourinho rather than Pep Guardiola”

Dean Saunders couldn’t hide his admiration for Mourinho’s managerial achievements

“I prefer to have José Mourinho rather than Pep Guardiola”

Jose Mourinho (left) listed his United runner-up as one of his greatest achievements

Mourinho said in 2019: “I consider one of the best jobs of my career to have been finishing second with Man United in the Premier League.

“You say, ‘This guy is crazy, he’s won 25 titles and he says second place was one of his best achievements?’ I keep saying this because people don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes.

Roma’s success saw Mourinho become the third manager in history to win a European trophy in three different decades (Porto 2004, Manchester United 2017, Roma 2022), after Giovanno Trapattoni and Sir Alex Ferguson.

Mourinho welcomed his achievement while quashing exit rumors by confirming he will stay at the Stadio Olimpico next season.

“The great thing about my career is that apart from the Europa League with Manchester United, doing it with Porto, Inter and Roma is very, very, very special,” Mourinho said.

“I prefer to have José Mourinho rather than Pep Guardiola”

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Mourinho celebrated with his team at the final whistle as Roma claimed European glory

“It’s one thing to win when everyone expects it, when you’ve invested to win, but it’s another thing to win when something feels immortal, really special.

“Now I’m staying, there’s no doubt. Even if some rumors emerge, I only want to stay at Roma.

“We have to understand what our owners, who are fantastic people, want to do next season because that’s history, but we can build a really solid project with honest professionals.

“Of course I feel like a Romanista, but maybe that’s the way I work. I’m a Porto fan, an Inter fan, a Chelsea fan, I’m crazy about Real Madrid, I am now a Roma fan, I belong to all these clubs because we lived these moments together.

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