Mancester City manager Josep Guardiola and Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp have expressed their support for colleague José Mourinho, who on Tuesday was fired at Manchester United.
“I’m his side,” said Guardiola Tuesday night about Mourinho at his press conference after the match of his club Leicester City in the quarter finals of the League Cup (1-1, Manchester City wins after penalties).
“As managers, we are lonely. Clubs take us on to win, and if not, do you know what the result is. I am always sad for a trainer as he is discharged. I know exactly how a trainer can feel. All the pressure is on our shoulders.”
The Catalan had between 2010 and 2012 as coach of FC Barcelona, a fierce rivalry with former Real Madrid coach Mourinho, but the past years were the two as the coaches of the two clubs in Manchester is a lot friendlier to each other.
“José has a lot of experience and he is a top trainer,” said Guardiola. “I wish him the best. I’m sure he quickly returned to a bank and that we soon again will take on each other.”
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‘Last months were not easy for Mourinho’
The 55-year-old Mourinho was the Tuesday after 2.5 years from being released by United. The Portuguese is held responsible for the poor results of the twintigvoudig champion of England, which is only sixth in the Premier League.
The 3-1 defeat Sunday against the leader Liverpool was the last game of the former trainer of Chelsea on the bench at United. Klopp will get anything but satisfaction from his team for the final push resulted in the dismissal of Mourinho.
“I have a lot of respect for José”, said the German manager of Liverpool. “He is incredibly successful, no one can see all the prizes that he has won him to take it away.”
“I can imagine that the last few months, not easy for José. It is not pleasant to have every day annoying questions to answer. But he is still a great manager. If he would like, he has within two days of a new job.”
United made Wednesday announced that clubicoon Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as the interim manager for the rest of the season.
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