Pep Guardiola has claimed his fourth Premier League title in six seasons as Manchester City edged out Liverpool in the race for domestic glory.
But while the Spaniard beat what he considers to be his toughest rival, his latest trophy will also give him bragging rights over his most famous nemesis – Jose Mourinho!
Guardiola’s fourth league title in England has meant he has now overtaken the three Mourinho amassed over two spells with Chelsea.
During his tenure, the 51-year-old’s side have broken numerous records including the only team to win 100 league points during a campaign.
Guardiola is also the first and only manager to win the domestic treble in English men’s football after Klopp came up short in the league.
However, considering the way in which Mourinho put an end to his time in Spain, it will be especially satisfying to now have overhauled his arch-rival’s success in England.
The Mourinho / Guardiola rivalry reached its biggest heights when the Portuguese was at Real Madrid and Guardiola was at Barcelona, but its origins come before that.
Guardiola vs Mourinho Head-to-head
League titles: Guardiola (9) Mourinho (8)
Domestic cups: Guardiola (9) Mourinho (8)
UEFA Cup: Guardiola (1) Mourinho (0)
Champions League: Guardiola (2) Mourinho (2)
Europa League: Guardiola (0) Mourinho (1)
Total clubs: Guardiola (3) Mourinho (10)
Head-to-head: Guardiola (12 wins) Mourinho (7 wins) 6 draws
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Inter Milan, who were led by Mourinho between 2008-10, took on reigning European champions Barcelona in the semi-finals of the 2009/10 Champions League.
Holders Barca were favorites to win having claimed a win and a draw when the two sides met in the group stages during Pep and Jose’s first meetings as managers but things did not work out that way.
The Italian side won the first leg 3-1 and ten-man Inter managed to grind their way into the final after a 1-0 defeat at the Nou Camp.
“It is the most beautiful defeat of my life,” Mourinho said after. “It is a style of blood not skill. We were a team of heroes. ”
Inter would go on to win the Champions League and equal Barcelona’s 2008/09 achievement of winning a treble – leading Real Madrid to call upon the Special One as their new manager.
A fierce rivalry developed between the two managers during the following years, with incidents including eye gouging and hair jibes.
When Mourinho finally ended Guardiola’s run of three LaLiga titles on the bounce, the Spaniard stepped away from football for a year.
And Gerard Pique, who played under Guardiola, believes his Portuguese rival’s mind-games were a leading factor why.
Speaking to Gary Neville’s Overlap podcast, Pique said: “We were winning everything at the time and I remember that the first time Mourinho came to Camp Nou he lost 5-0 against us.
“It was a shock of reality that these guys are going hard, but in the press conferences every time he was, you know his style, and I think that for Guardiola at some point it was too much.
“It was more important sometimes what happened off the pitch than on the pitch. Guardiola left.
“Madrid won the league that year and all of a sudden he decided to leave for so many reasons, but I am sure part of it was because with Mourinho it got too much.”
Guardiola vs Mourinho Premier League record
Matches: Guardiola (227) Mourinho (363)
Wins: Guardiola (168) Mourinho (217)
Draws: Guardiola (29) Mourinho (84)
Defeats: Guardiola (30) Mourinho (62)
Goals For: Guardiola (562) Mourinho (625)
Goals Against: Guardiola (180) Mourinho (305)
Manager of the Months: Guardiola (11) Mourinho (4)
Manager of the Seasons: Guardiola (3) Mourinho (3)
Premier League titles: Guardiola (4) Mourinho (3)
After a rejuvenating spell at Bayern Munich, Guardiola then arrived at Man City where he’s outlasted Mourinho twice during the latter’s ill-fated stints at Manchester United and Tottenham.
And to add insult to injury, Guardiola has now claimed he’ll remember Klopp as the man who gave him the biggest challenges.
“Jurgen, as a manager, has been the biggest rival I’ve ever had in my career and I think what both teams propose is good for football,” he said last month.
“The point is not a jibe to Jose.
“He is an exciting manager and I was his rival but I’ve been here five years and played many more times against Liverpool.
“Except the year we made 100 points, the rest were tight. It is because they are good and hopefully they think we are good too.
“I will remember my period here, when I’m retired watching and playing golf, I’ll remember my biggest rival was Liverpool, for sure.”
Fans might disagree about who Guardiola’s biggest rival ultimately was but there’s no denying he got the better of both of them…