Guardiola: Mourinho rivalry helps me reach another level

Guardiola at his first press conference as Manchester City manager
Guardiola at his first press conference as Manchester City manager

New Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes the renewal of his rivalry with Jose Mourinho in the north west of England can help him reach even greater levels as a manager.

Guardiola, who won six leagues titles, a pair of Champions Leagues and four domestic cups during his time with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, met the press for the first time on Friday just three days after arch-nemesis Mourinho was unveiled across the city at Manchester United.

The two had previously locked horns in fiery El Clasico encounters in Spain, when Guardiola was in charge of Barcelona and Mourinho held the reins at Real Madrid, and the former thinks trying to outmanoeuvre the best coaches in the world has brought the best out of him.

"I think Jose said it pretty well that it is not about him or me," Guardiola said.

"What I saw from the distance is it is so tough to win the games here. We played many times against each other. I can say, they help me, the big coaches, and Jose is one of them, they help me to reach another level.

"My experience against him, against (Liverpool boss) Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund, a lot of coaches in Germany and Spain they made me better. All the managers in the world want to win and we are going to try and win as well."