The smell of football will take the scent of the derby this Sunday afternoon in Manchester: at 17:30 (Catalan time) Manchester City of Pep Guardiola and Manchester United of José Mourinho face the Etihad Stadium, the citizen feeder. Far from the rivalries that have lived in the Spanish league when they were, respectively, the coaches of Barça and Real Madrid, now meet three seasons of rivalry in the Premier League.
"It's better, in the end we are good people, more than you think", he joked in the previous Guardiola, on the less bloody rivalry that now lives with Mourinho. After a record-breaking season in the Premier, the Catalan coach has his leader at the table and shows his calmer and more peaceful face. Guardiola is happy in Manchester and Manchester is happy with him. Instead, Mourinho has experienced several episodes of agitation and controversy from the start of this season and his United provisionally occupies the eighth position.
The Portuguese coach went back and forth with his relationship with the star of the team, French midfielder Paul Pogba and scenes that deteriorate his image as the launch of a camera at the United-Newcastel break on 6 October. Or, without going further, this week that caused the Juventus fans to Turin, putting their hands on their ears after their team has overcome the duel in the final (1-2) in the Champions League. The trainer apologized at a press conference: "I should not have done it, but they started insulting me". That's Mourinho.
Comparison number 22 between Guardiola and Mourinho
But beyond these controversies, the two coaches will look for Sunday's victory in the Manchester derby with their footballing arguments. The game of possession of the City of Guardiola, which injured one of its best players: Kevin de Bruyne, against the muscles of the United of Mourinho who arrives at the meeting with Pogba and Lukaku between the cotton. The derby today is chapter 22 between the Catalan and Portuguese coaches. The first face to face between the two technicians was 9 years ago, in 2009.
Since then, Guardiola has been forced to nine of these fights, seven have drawn and Mourinho has taken five. In fact, Guardiola is the coach who has more than defeated the Portuguese.