Gerard Pique believes that Jose Mourinho compelled Pep Guardiola to go away Barcelona throughout his time on the helm of La Liga rivals Real Madrid.
Guardiola received the Champions League twice, three La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys and two FIFA Club World Cups throughout his time as Barca supervisor. However, in 2012 he would depart the Spanish earlier than taking up at Bayern Munich the next yr.
Guardiola solid a fierce rivalry with then-Real Madrid boss Mourinho when the pair had been each plying their commerce in La Liga. And in line with Pique, it was this rivalry which led to Pep leaving the Spanish prime flight.
Speaking on Gary Neville’s Overlap podcast, the Spanish defender mentioned: “We were winning everything at the time and I remember that the first time Mourinho came to Camp Nou he lost 5-0 against us. It was a shock of reality that these guys are going hard, but in the press conferences every time he was – you know his style – and I think that for Guardiola at some point it was too much.
“It was extra essential generally what occurred off the pitch than on the pitch. Guardiola left.
“Madrid won the league that year and all of a sudden he decided to leave for so many reasons, but I am sure part of it was because with Mourinho it got too much.” Guardiola went on to get pleasure from a profitable interval at Bayern earlier than transferring to City.
As for Mourinho and Pep’s rivalry, that might later rekindle within the Premier League. However, it was paused as soon as extra when the Portuguese coach moved to Roma final summer time.
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