Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are two sides of the same coin... Manchester United players have had a taste of it but City's stars are in for a shock 

  • Manchester United named Jose Mourinho as manager on Friday morning
  • Across Manchester, Pep Guardiola takes over at City during the summer
  • Both share the philosophy of instructing and educating their players
  • Manchester United's stars have had a taste of it with Louis van Gaal
  • But Manuel Pellegrini took the approach of giving his players freedom 

There are two types of manager. Those who concentrate on creating the right environment for players to perform and then give them the freedom to do so (Sir Alex Ferguson) and those who lay down specific tactical formulas for players to follow, believing that is the best pathway to success (Rafa Benitez).

What is interesting is that both the new high-profile appointments in Manchester this summer, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, are top-down managers of the Benitez school.

Their plans and personalities might be on the opposite scale of the spectrum, but they both share a conviction that the manager has to instruct and educate the players into performing in a certain manner so the team can succeed.

Manchester United confirmed the appointment of Jose Mourinho as the club's new manager on Friday

Manchester United confirmed the appointment of Jose Mourinho as the club's new manager on Friday

Mourinho replaces Dutchman Louis van Gaal in the Old Trafford dugout and their styles are not dissimilar

Mourinho replaces Dutchman Louis van Gaal in the Old Trafford dugout and their styles are not dissimilar

Across Manchester, Pep Guardiola will take charge of City this summer replacing Manuel Pellegrini

Across Manchester, Pep Guardiola will take charge of City this summer replacing Manuel Pellegrini

PEP GAURDIOLA HONOURS

BARCELONA 

La Liga: 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11

Copa del Rey: 2008-09, 2011-12

Spanish Super Cup: 2009, 2010, 2011

Champions League: 2008-09, 2010-11

UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011

Club World Cup: 2009, 2011

 

BAYERN MUNICH

Bundesliga: 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16

German Cup: 2013-14-2015-16

UEFA Super Cup: 2013

Club World Cup: 2013 

Strangely enough, that is going to lead to a bigger culture shock among Manchester City players when the season begins than at Manchester United.

Manuel Pellegrini was of the Ferguson type, allowing Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva almost unconditional encouragement to express themselves on the pitch. If Aguero elected to shoot on occasions when he should have passed, so be it.

The Argentine's 24 Premier League goals despite injuries were a result of Pellegrini not filling his head with tactical notions. It worked for Manchester City after the confrontational period of Roberto Mancini, but it's turned full circle now. Maybe the players were too free under Pellegrini.

It will be very different under Guardiola. Every month of his three years at Bayern Munich, Manchester City sent delegations to Germany to study closely the new tactical work Pep was doing with his team.

Guardiola made tiki-taka football renowned in Barcelona. He was able to increase the pressing element at Bayern. Whatever he chooses at City, it won't be a case of Aguero and De Bruyne being sent out with the message: 'Just go out and play, lads.' 

Pellegrini's management style is the polar opposite to Guardiola's so the City players are in for a shock

Pellegrini's management style is the polar opposite to Guardiola's so the City players are in for a shock

The Chilean manager gave the likes of Sergio Aguero to play with freedom and without tactical restrictions

The Chilean manager gave the likes of Sergio Aguero to play with freedom and without tactical restrictions

While Guardiola's style is based on attacking, his players will be bombarded with tactical instructions

While Guardiola's style is based on attacking, his players will be bombarded with tactical instructions

Guardiola will be given the funds to buy players to fit the style of play he wants to impose at City

Guardiola will be given the funds to buy players to fit the style of play he wants to impose at City

JOSE MOURINHO HONOURS

PORTO

Primeira Liga: 2002-03, 2003-04

Portuguese Cup: 2002-03

Portuguese Super Cup: 2003

Champions League: 2003-04

UEFA Cup: 2002-03

 

CHELSEA (first spell)

Premier League: 2004-05, 2005-06

FA Cup: 2006-07

League Cup: 2004-05, 2006-07

Community Shield: 2005

 

INTER MILAN

Serie A: 2008-09, 2009-10

Coppa Italia: 2009-10

Italian Super Cup: 2008

Champions League: 2009-10

 

REAL MADRID

La Liga: 2011-12

Copa del Rey: 2010-11

Spanish Super Cup: 2012

 

CHELSEA (second spell) 

Premier League: 2014-15

League Cup: 2014-15

It's a high-risk strategy and one that makes City's owners almost duty-bound to give Guardiola the money to sign six of his own players this summer. Ilkay Gundogan, John Stones, Julian Weigl, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Alcantara and Alvaro Morata have all been looked at, as well as the obvious A-listers like Paul Pogba should they become available. 

The feeling is that if the new blood have been signed by Guardiola, they are more likely to buy into the more structured coaching, in-turn influencing the players already there to take it on board. Not that they will have any choice if they want to stay at the club.

Guardiola is notoriously intense by his own admission which is why he took a year-long sabbatical after the glory years at Barcelona.

After four years of hearing the mantra 'pressure, pressure, pressure' even Lionel Messi had had enough of Guardiola by the end of his time at the Nou Camp. There is a story, albeit unconfirmed, that Guardiola knew it was time to leave when he forbid Messi from having a coca-cola after training, and the player deliberately walked across, picked up a can and drank it in front of the other players.

'I am maybe arrogant, but not that much,' says the new City manager.

Across Manchester at United, the players have had a taste of Mourinho through Louis van Gaal. Not that they liked it, particularly.

At first, van Gaal's decisiveness was welcomed after the David Moyes season. Michael Carrick was among those raving about his coaching after the first training session.

But players quickly became disenchanted when too much time on the grass was taken up by Van Gaal sermons, pointing repeatedly where players should be in position. They couldn't understand why they'd come off the training ground without any sweat on their shirts. Worse, they felt they weren't fit enough for the final 20 minutes of matches.

Van Gaal and Mourinho share a similar managerial approach, heavily focused on tactics

Van Gaal and Mourinho share a similar managerial approach, heavily focused on tactics

Mourinho (left) learned his tactical approach from Van Gaal working under the Dutchman at Barcelona

Mourinho (left) learned his tactical approach from Van Gaal working under the Dutchman at Barcelona

Guardiola's intense methods on the training pitch leave even his players feeling drained

Guardiola's intense methods on the training pitch leave even his players feeling drained

Mourinho is similarly driven and in charge, but he's 15 years younger and better at man-management.

He puts his own success down to learning tactics from Van Gaal and people from Sir Bobby Robson when he worked with them both at Barcelona.

Some of George Graham's training sessions at Arsenal were similarly dull to Van Gaal's but he got away with it through fear, dubbed 'The Ayatollah' by his players.

It's much harder to rule through fear these days but Mourinho has shown in the past he can get players to buy into his methods. Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and John Terry ran the Chelsea dressing room for him at Stamford Bridge, and he will need Wayne Rooney to do the same at United. Others left in the cold by Van Gaal like Phil Jones could be given a new chance as one of his 'leaders'.

'He's not a guy who only wishes to work with the best players in the world, but he definitely likes the best professionals in the world,' says Jose Morais, his assistant-coach at Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Mourinho's game is based from the back, Guardiola's in creating goals at the other end. But they aren't really so different in their demands. United players have had a taste of it, City's stars are in for a shock.

 

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