‘I’d rather have Jose Mourinho over Pep Guardiola’

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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 Wednesday night’s Europa Conference League final.

Roma were 1-0 victors over Feyenoord in the inaugural Europa Conference League

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Roma were 1-0 victors over Feyenoord in the inaugural Europa Conference League

Jose Mourinho became the first manager to lift the Europa Conference League trophy

Jose Mourinho became the first manager to lift the Europa Conference League trophy

The magnitude of being inaugural winners of the new UEFA competition has been doubted, in the grand scheme of European football, with it being labeled the ‘Papa John’s Trophy of Europe’.

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

There was emotion for Mourinho, too, who won the fifth European gong of his career.

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

And, saying he’ll go down in history as one of the best football coaches in history, the former Liverpool and Wales striker gave his reasons for why he’d pick Mourinho over Premier League champion Guardiola.

Speaking on the talkSPORT Breakfast, Saunders said: “Can you remember asking me that question, if you owned a football club, who would you have as manager?

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

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Mourinho and Guardiola were big rivals during their LaLiga 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 he can put an average group of players together and win the European Cup with Porto, and he just done it again last night with an average group of players at Roma.

“He’s won something again and everything he said at Manchester United has come true.

“He’s going to go down and one of the best managers in the history of football.”

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

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Dean Saunders could not hide his admiration for Mourinho’s managerial achievements

Jose Mourinho (left) ranked his second-placed finish United amongst his best achievements

Jose Mourinho (left) ranked his second-placed finish United amongst his best achievements

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

“You will say, ‘this guy is crazy, he won 25 titles and he is saying that a second position was one of his best achievements?’ I keep saying this because people do not know what is going on behind the scenes. ”

Roma’s success ensured Mourinho became only 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 basked in his achievement whilst quashing exit rumors by confirming that he will be staying at the Stadio Olimpico next season.

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

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

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

“It’s one thing to win when everyone expects it, when you made the investments to win, but it’s quite another to win when something feels immortal, that feels truly special.

“Now I am staying, there are no doubts. Even if some rumors emerge, I only want to remain at Roma.

“We must understand what our owners, who are fantastic people, want to do next season, because this is history, but we can build a really strong project with honest professionals.

“Of course I feel like a Romanista, but that might be my way of working. I am a Porto fan, an Inter fan, a Chelsea fan, I am crazy about Real Madrid, I am now a Roma fan, I belong to all those clubs because we had these moments together. ”

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