Guardiola: I have a lot of respect for Mourinho

Guardiola: I have a lot of respect for Mourinho

Pep Guardiola has claimed that the rivalry between him and Jose Mourinho is more of a media creation and that he has a lot of respect for his cross-town rival.

Ahead of the big Manchester derby tomorrow, the Spaniard faced the press and, of course, the subject of his views on the Special One came up.

“I said it many times – I have a lot of respect for Mourinho, I always try to learn from all of my colleagues – it’s the same with him,” Pep said. “The rivalry is more from the media and we can’t control that.

“He was my coach, my assistant coach with Sir Bobby Robson. OK, the last period at Barcelona and Real Madrid was not easy for both of us but we met each other two, three weeks ago at the manager’s Premier League meeting.

“We spoke fluently with Ronald Koeman and Tony Pulis. It was correct, so that’s all.

“Of course I’ll accept a glass of wine after the game if he invites me.”

As for the game itself, the former Barca and Bayern boss confirmed that new signing Leroy Sane is fit for the game but new stopper Claudio Bravo still has a leg problem, but he has trained for the last few days.

Vincent Kompany, however, is out of the game.

“Kompany is training but we are waiting for the blood test to be sure. He’s fit but we don’t want to take too much risk because of what happened last season. We will be sure when he comes back he is 100%.”