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Dirty Tackle

Jose Mourinho argues his number of wins against Pep Guardiola, concedes he might be wrong

Brooks Peck
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Say goodbye to your family, because the end times are upon us. Jose Mourinho has actually admitted that he might be wrong about something.

In his press conference ahead of the UEFA Super Cup match between Europa League winners Chelsea and Champions League winners Bayern Munich, the conversation quickly turned to his old rivalry with Pep Guardiola back in their Clasico days. And Mourinho did not appreciate that. "Pep is not a European champion and I'm not the Europa League champion," he said after holding up the Chelsea badge on his shirt. "We're just coaching these teams. It's not about us. It's about Chelsea and Bayern."

But when questioned on his record against Guardiola — three wins, seven losses and five draws — Mourinho couldn't hold himself back from going on the defensive.

From the Guardian:

"Your statistics are wrong as a start," he snapped back. "Very wrong. Very wrong. But I don't want to discuss that because it's not important. I'll just say it's wrong. Go there and see what happened with Inter in the Champions League semi-final. The league records in Spain. The Copa del Rey in Spain. The Super Cup in Spain. You are very, very wrong. You are wrong. But it's not important. It's not me against him, it's club against club. That's not important."

That prompted a spluttered apology from the inquisitor, who was brandishing Uefa's statistical pack which did, indeed, detail the 15 meetings between the managers with Mourinho having won three times, Guardiola seven and five other matches drawn. The Portuguese, for his part, has not seen his side keep a clean sheet against a team coached by his adversary since their first meeting, a 0-0 draw between Inter and Barcelona in the Champions League group stage in 2009.

"I just know that I won the Champions League semi-final with Inter [in 2010]," continued Mourinho, his mind ticking over and realisation dawning. "I won the Spanish Cup final in Valencia [2011]. I won the Super Cup in Spain [in 2012]. I was champion in Spain [in 2011-12]. I won the match of the title in Barcelona with Real Madrid. So, I don't know ... Maybe you are right and I am wrong, but I don't care. It's not important for me."

Mourinho then left the room and repeatedly poked himself in the eye for an hour straight.

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