A few hours from the clash between Manchester City and Tottenham for the Premier League, José Mourinho leaves praise for the rival team and considers that Guardiola solved the problems of his team’s defense by signing Rúben Dias from Benfica.
In the preview of the challenge between his Tottenham and City, in a game of the English championship that takes place this Saturday, Mourinho considered that the Manchester emblem resolved the defensive problems “easily”.
“They solved it when they went to Lisbon”, he pointed out, referring to the hiring of Portuguese defender Rúben Dias from Benfica.
“THE Rúben [Dias] has an incredible influence on this improvement. I am very happy that a very good, very humble, very hardworking guy, made it to the Premier League and made the impact it had, ”said Mourinho in statements to Sky News, noting that he is“ very satisfied with that ”.
The praise for the opponent came as part of a criticism of his own team that adds up 22 goals conceded in 22 games in 8th place in the championship. Manchester City are first with 14 goals conceded in the same number of games.
“Our defense could be much better”, considered Mourinho, stressing that Tottenham works “a lot in the defensive organization” and that his team “makes a lot of efforts to be solid and consistent”.
Mourinho does not forget Guardiola gesture
José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have fought many battles on the field, not only now in the Premier League, but when they trained Real Madrid and Barcelona, respectively, in the Spanish League.
But despite the rivalries, Mourinho notes that he only has “Respect and good feelings” by Guardiola.
“There are moments in life that we don’t forget. I don’t forget when my father died ”, in 2017, and“ he knew how important my dad was to me and called me“, Said Mourinho.
The Portuguese coach says that he responded to the gesture and that, in 2020, when Guardiola’s mother died, also called you.
“There are things that people don’t see and that we don’t need to share,” he added, noting that he only keeps “good memories” of Guardiola when they worked together at Barcelona, the Spaniard as a player and Mourinho as a young assistant coach for Bobby Robson.