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EPL: We Are Both Good Guys- Guardiola on Mourinho

Ahead of the biggest game of the weekend in Europe, manager has described old foe as a “good guy” ahead of the .

United boss Mourinho has clashed with Guardiola numerous times over the years, with their previously intense rivalry dating back to when they both coached and respectively.

Mourinho was widely assumed to have been annoyed by Barca’s decision to appoint Guardiola over himself in 2008 and the pair had a number of fractious encounters during their time together in La Liga.

A Clasico clash provided the nadir when Mourinho poked a finger into the eye of Guardiola’s assistant Tito Vilanova during a touchline fracas.

But since they took charge at United and City the relationship between Mourinho and Guardiola appears more cordial, with the Catalan happy to avoid the rows of the past.

“Thank you so much. Thank you,” Guardiola said when asked if he was pleased the pre-match focus was not placed on the perceived battle between himself and Mourinho.

“At the end we are both good guys, more than you expect. It’s much better, believe me.”

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