Pep Guardiola loses his cool over Jose Mourinho jibes
Managers trade blows in the build-up to the Champions League semi-final clash at the Bernabeu
Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has launched a scathing attack on Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho ahead of their Champions League semi-final showdown.
The usually laid-back Guardiola reacted angrily to a comment made by Mourinho earlier in the day after the Madrid manager hit out at the Barca boss for refusing to accept refereeing decisions.
“On Wednesday we will meet each other on the pitch. Off the pitch he has already won,” said Guardiola ahead of the first-leg clash at the Bernabeu.
“In this room [Real Madrid’s press room], he’s the f****** chief, the f****** man, the person who knows everything about the world and I don’t want to compete with him at all.
“It’s a type of game I’m not going to play because I don’t know how. I won’t justify my words. I congratulated Madrid for the cup that they won deservedly on the pitch and against a team that I represent and of which I feel very proud.”
Experienced German official Wolfgang Stark will referee Wednesday’s clash but before he was named, Guardiola said Mourinho would be “super happy” if his fellow Portuguese Pedro Proenca had been chosen.
Mourinho responded: “Besides the naming of the referee and the pressure that they exerted that it was not Proenca, the most important thing is that we are in a new cycle.”
The Madrid boss then went on to question Guardiola over his criticism of the referee in the Copa del Rey final after Pedro Rodriguez’s goal was disallowed for offside – a decision which replays showed was a correct call.
“Up to now we have had two types of coaches. A very small group of coaches who never speak to the referees,” Mourinho continued.
“After that, there is a bigger group, of whom I am one, who criticise the referees when they make huge errors. But it is also a group who are happy to highlight the good work of the referee.
“And now, with the declaration of Pep the other day, we are entering a new era with a third group, which for the moment includes only him, who criticise the correct decision of the referee. This is something I have never seen in the world of football.”
And a visibly incensed Guardiola responded: “Because Mr Mourinho used my name directly I will do the same. Away from the pitch he has had the upper hand so I award him his own personal Champions League for that.
“We worked together for four years. He knows me and I know him and that’s what I will remember and focus on.
“It leaves a bad taste when someone you have worked with believes what he reads rather than you. If you think I complain about referees then great, there is nothing I can do.”