Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho, two names that will inevitably come up in every discussion about the world's best manager.
Two different ways of conducting themselves, two different football philosophies, two different but equally polarizing clubs in FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF.
But which of the two is the better manager? It's very hard to compare managers, because, unlike players, each manager has a different set of resources at any given time.
That said, here are six reasons why Pep Guardiola is a better manager than José Mourinho.
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José Mourinho might have won 18 titles in his 11 years as manager, but that surely looks pale in comparison with Pep Guardiola's 10 titles in just three years as a first team manager.
Mourinho's trophy-winning pace is fantastic, no doubt about that, but Pep Guardiola's is just downright ridiculous and unprecedented in the game's history. Three league titles, two Champions Leagues, two continental doubles in three years as a professional manager...come on, you can't even do that on Football Manager.
While Mourinho 68.2 percent career win ratio is very impressive, Pep's 72.1 percent defies all belief.
If winning is a criterion for being the best manager, Pep Guardiola easily trumps José Mourinho. As good as Mourinho is, Guardiola is "el puto amo," he has won 10 out of 13 trophies he has contested in his short managerial career.
Not only does Pep Guardiola have a better success ratio, his football philosophy is infinitely more attractive than José Mourinho's.
The Portuguese manager is famous for "winning ugly" with teams built on defensive solidity; he doesn't mind sacrificing entertainment for success.
Pep Guardiola is the polar opposite. As soon as he became FC Barcelona's manager, he made the club play the most beautiful football the sport had seen in decades. Fans and pundits alike have nothing but praise for Pep Guardiola's brand of football, which made Barcelona the most popular football club in the world.
Everyone wants to play like Pep Guardiola's Barcelona.
Not only does Pep Guardiola win, he wins in style. The same can't be said about José Mourinho.
As Johan Cruyff once said, reaching the top isn't easy, but staying at the top is even more difficult. Pep Guardiola has already proved he can do that, while José Mourinho has not.
Mourinho left both Porto and Inter after winning the Champions League trophy, without ever trying to defend it. He left Chelsea after falling from the top, failing to win the 2006/2007 Premier League and having a dismal start to the 2007/2008 season.
Pep Guardiola, on the other hand, has shown he has what it takes to remain on top. It suffices to say that FC Barcelona are a better team now than when they won the sextuple in 2009. Pep has been improving on his squad each year.
Against all odds, Pep managed to maintain his success for three years now and turn the current FC Barcelona crop into one of the greatest club sides of all time.
Just two years ago, a casual football fan wouldn't have any idea who Pedro Rodriguez or Sergio Busquets were. Now, everyone knows who Pedro and Busquets are; they are indisputable starters for one of the best club teams of all time and for the world champions Spain, and they're among the world's best at what they do.
The credit must go to Pep Guardiola.
Busquets and Pedro's talent was already there, but they would never have become world class players if Pep Guardiola hadn't trusted them. It shows great courage for a manager of a top team, pressured to win trophies, to give such opportunities to young players. Thiago Alcantara seems to be the next player who will be turned into a world beater by Guardiola.
It's hard to think of any young talent that Mourinho molded into a world class player. The Portuguese manager usually prefers to rely on experienced, established players, instead of planning for the long-term like Pep Guardiola.
Was Lionel Messi the world's best player in 2008 before Pep Guardiola arrived? Yes. Was he this unstoppable all-conquering juggernaut, hailed as one of the best players ever to kick a ball? No way.
Lionel Messi used to score 15-17 goals before Pep arrived. Under Guardiola, he has scored an absolutely unbelievable 138 goals in 159 matches, not to mention his 53 assists. If he was already the world's most dominant player and finest dribbler before Pep arrived, under the latter he also became the world's greatest goalscorer and provider.
He has become so good that even Pep stated that he feared Leo becomes bored, since he's so far ahead of his peers.
But Messi himself admits that his current status has a lot to do with Pep Guardiola. From his first day, Guardiola tried to find the best set-up to fully maximize Messi's potential, and the results are apparent: the Argentine is widely acknowledged as this generation's greatest player and is only a few months away from winning his third consecutive Ballon d'Or. Given the huge gulf between him and the rest, he's likely to win even more.
Messi once claimed he wouldn't be the player he is today without Guardiola, and he was clearly being sincere. Pep Guardiola's managerial career will forever be associated with one of the greatest football players of all time, Lionel Messi.
José Mourinho is known as a great man manager and motivator, but he is no match for Pep in that department.
For most of his career, Mourinho has had to motivate players who won nothing/very little—players with hunger for success.
Pep Guardiola's job is to motivate a group of players who have won more Champions Leagues than most clubs in their entire history and are European and World Champions. It's amazing how Pep can keep his squad so hungry for more success; there have never been any signs of complacency.
It's easy to motivate a young player who has never won anything in his career, but how can you manage to keep veterans like Xavi and Puyol playing as if they had never won anything before? That doesn't seem to be a problem for Pep Guardiola.
Despite winning another continental double, his squad looks really hungry to win even more trophies next season. With the winning mentality Guardiola has spread through the club, they might very well do it!
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