Mourinho will not do Pep talk

29 August 2013 06:16

Jose Mourinho refused to fan the flames of his rivalry with Pep Guardiola ahead of a reunion at the European Super Cup on Friday night, but disputed his poor record against the Spaniard.

As head coaches of Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, the pair enjoyed a fierce rivalry which has endured ahead of the Prague clash between European champions Bayern Munich and Chelsea, the Europa League winners.

The first question posed at Stadion Eden on the eve of the match provoked Mourinho's anger.

The inquisitor asked former Real boss Mourinho why he found it difficult to win matches against Guardiola's Barca, pointing out the Portuguese has three wins from 15 games over his old adversary.

"Your statistics are wrong and very wrong," Mourinho said. "But I don't want to discuss that. Because it's not important. It's wrong.

"Go there and see what happened with Inter in the Champions League semi-final. I won the Spanish Cup final in Valencia, I won the Super Cup in Spain. I was champion in Spain.

"I won the match for the title in Barcelona with Real Madrid. You are very, very wrong, you are wrong."

Asked if Mourinho had the real statistics, he relented somewhat, suggesting his inquisitor may, in fact, be correct.

"I don't know," the Portuguese added. "Maybe you are right and I am wrong. But I don't care. It's not important."

The three wins for Mourinho are correct, but he did enjoy aggregate success in two-legged ties over Guardiola.

Source: PA