Mourinho, on Guardiola's 26 titles: I could have 31"
The battle José Mourinho vs. Pep Guardiola seems to be eternal. At least for the former Manchester United coach, who in a statement given to 'L'Equipe' again put himself above the Manchester City coach.
When the French journalist reminded him that Guardiola has already won 26 titles while he is one below, the Portuguese did not hesitate to answer: "That reminds me that I am here, with 25 titles. If I had stayed in Porto and Inter after winning the Champions League I would have played the European Super Cup, the national, the Club World Cup and could have 31 titles ... Maybe I'm not focused on the numbers.
In addition, Mourinho had time to do a review of current events, starting with the PSG-United knockout: "I know what happened, but I do not always explain my analysis publicly. I don't want to talk about it. This victory for United is a bit out of the ordinary, although we beat Juventus in Turin in the group stage.
The Portuguese coach who responded to rumours that he could coach PSG, and spoke abotu Frenchman Paul Pogba: "I can't say yes if you ask me that Pogba is solely responsible for the situation. I was not a victim of Pogba.
In addition, he also recalled his time at Real Madrid: "With Karim it was not a conflict. I just wanted to help an incredibly talented player change his mentality, help him reach his peak and become a killer. I enjoyed working with Karim.
He also had time to talk about his third year's well-known syndrome: "Players may experience some erosion. Especially when you ask them a lot. When you have a very professional group profile, very ambitious, hard-working, talented, a structured club, you don't have that erosion. When you're almost alone, you don't have the support of a club as a whole, some players go a bit the opposite of the coach.
"I don't want to be a good boy, because the good boy after three months is a puppet and doesn't end well. But you don't have to be a coach who is always negative. We must seek this balance," he added.
"I admire the work of Mauricio and Jürgen, both deserve to achieve something great, and there is nothing better than to lift the Champions trophy, but one of them will lose. Jürgen will play his third final, I can not imagine the feeling of playing three finals and not winning. Pochettino, what has won?" said Mourinho.