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Mourinho downplays Guardiola’s success

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United looks on during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on December 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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The former Manchester United boss says the city manager has more trophies than him because he doesn’t “focus on the numbers.”

After Manchester City won the English Premier League for the second time in a row, manager Pep Guardiola has now won 26 different trophies in his career.

And the Catalan boss might add a 27th title to his collection this weekend when his team plays against Watford in the FA Cup Final.

But according to former Manchester United coach, Jose Mourinho, the success of Guardiola doesn’t bother him, as he could have had more trophies if he wanted.

“No, no, this reminds me that I’m there with 25 titles,” he was quoted by Goal.

“When I won the Champions League with Porto and Inter, if I had stayed the following season, I would have played the European Super Cup, the Club World Cup, the national Super Cups, and I would have had 31 titles.”

“Maybe I’m not so focused on the numbers!” he stressed.

“If he hadn’t been suspended for three matches, Mbappe would be the top scorer in Europe, I think. Neymar, with his injury, has only had half a season.”

“But these are players of another dimension. [Lille sporting director] Luis [Campos], when he speaks to me of Kylian, his eyes shine! He’s not a diamond of which we say: ‘He can do this or that’,” he continued.

“No, he’s already done it! The question is where he will go, he is so young and has a significant margin of progression.”