English Premiership

Mourinho dismisses Guardiola derby focus

2016-09-10 12:45
Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)

Manchester - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho played down the focus on his rivalry with Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola on Friday and said Saturday's derby would be decided by the players.

This weekend's encounter has been billed as a grudge match between Mourinho and Guardiola, who had several stormy encounters during their time in charge of Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.

It is three years since they last faced off in a match, but Mourinho said the on-pitch action at Old Trafford will be more important than what happens on the touchline.

Asked whether the presence of Guardiola in the opposition dug-out presented a particular problem, Mourinho told journalists at United's Training Complex: "Just the players."

Mourinho emphasised the need for "emotional control" in the match, which will see United and City attempt to end each other's perfect starts to the Premier League season.

When he was told the match was being cast as a rematch between himself and Guardiola, he replied: "That's no problem."

"They are a very good team," he added.

"They were a very good team last season, two, three, four seasons ago. Maybe since the new owners arrived at Man City, it's a very good squad, it's a very good team.

"They had very good managers. They have now a very good manager. They had always very good players. They bought some more very good players.

"So they are what they are since I return to England in 2013. They're a title contender and we have to respect them that way, that's for sure."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 21 October 2017
Southampton v West Bromwich Albion, St. Mary's Stadium 18:30
Sunday, 22 October 2017
Everton v Arsenal, Goodison Park 14:30
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool, Wembley Stadium 17:00
Saturday, 28 October 2017
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, Old Trafford 13:30
Liverpool v Huddersfield Town, Anfield 16:00
Arsenal v Swansea City, Emirates Stadium 16:00
Crystal Palace v West Ham United, Selhurst Park 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, The Hawthorns 16:00
Watford v Stoke City, Vicarage Road Stadium 16:00
AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea, Vitality Stadium 18:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 PSL season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.