Who is best, Mourinho or Guardiola? – Fans argue after both coaches reach European Cup final
After both managers led their teams to the European Cup final, some football fans have participated in a debate on social media about who is the superior coach between Jose Mourinho of Roma and Pep Guardiola of Manchester City.
Mourinho led Roma to secure a back-to-back European final in two seasons after their 1-0 win on aggregate in the Europa League semi-final against Bayer Leverkusen.
Pep Guardiola, on the other hand, steered Manchester City to qualify for the UEFA Champions League final, beating Real Madrid 5-1 on aggregate.
However, some believe Mourinho is better than Guardiola because he does not need big spending to chalk up success. Also, his achievement with Roma, who has less European history, settles the score.
A section who are for Guardiola argues that the narrative of tying the Spanish’s success to his spending is null because, comparatively, Mourinho has spent more.
Roma held Bayer Leverkusen to a goalless draw in the second leg on Thursday, May 18, 2023, after beating the German side 1-0 in the first leg in Rome.
The Italian side will face 6-times competition winners Sevilla in the final on May 31, 2023.
Meanwhile, Manchester City wallopped 14-time UCL champions Real Madrid 4-0 in the second leg to qualify for the final after the first leg ended one-all.
The 2021 finalist will face Inter Milan in a quest for their first UCL trophy on June 10, 2023.
Both managers have won 5 European titles each as they aspire to increase their tally, overtake the other, or both could end up missing out on winning their sixth.
Another Final for Jose Mourinho.
Jose Mourinho winning Europa league with AS Roma will be a bigger achievement than Pep Guardiola winning the Champions league with Man City. pic.twitter.com/yy9QD0xr7v
— Ryan, TEN HAG MUFC 🇾🇪 (@TenHagWay) May 18, 2023
What Mourinho has done with AS Roma is bigger football legacy than what Pep Guardiola has done with Manchester City. Undeniable fact! pic.twitter.com/kYhJrn3Wo9
— 𝗦𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗻𝘆 𝗦𝘂𝗰𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀 (@isuccess_) May 18, 2023
Winning Europa league with Roma is harder than winning Champions league with Manchester City tbh. If Mourinho manages to win the europa league after winning the conference league last season, the GOAT debate between him and Pep Guardiola will end.
— Al’ameen (@A__yabo) May 18, 2023
Mourinho can take this Man City side to the UCL finals but Pep Guardiola cannot take this Roma side to a European finals.
— kofi ĀDØFÔ (@_adofo69) May 18, 2023
Jose Mourinho taking Roma to another cup final. A Better coach than oil money pep Guardiola pic.twitter.com/WHrKjLTG4Z
— OBAMA🇬🇭🇺🇸 (@1Obama_) May 18, 2023
Pep Guardiola Fans
"Give Pep this Roma team…"
Why would Pep Guardiola manage Roma when he is still competing for and winning the biggest titles at the highest level. Mourinho's last League title is going on 10 years now.
— … (@Sxmto_) May 18, 2023
To think Jose Mourinho is anyway close to Pep Guardiola is pure delusion.
— Osamede (@Osamede_) May 19, 2023
€1.71 billion spent
€65,769,230.77 per trophy
€1.61 billion spent
€50,312,500 per trophy
[And his on his way for a tremble] pic.twitter.com/5oQdiEI4s1
— Leon Mwanjovu (@MwanjovuLeon) May 18, 2023
Pep Guardiola is the greatest manager of all time and doesn't need to win the UCL again to prove that to anyone
Second to him on that list is Mourinho
— Austine Woode (@obiMpenaAustine) May 18, 2023
Pep guardiola took a team filled with la masia graduates, untested, untried to the champions league final and he won it. Mourinho has never achieved that with home grown players in his career. https://t.co/HsiZKnmoJF
— Anabella❤💙 (@AnabellaMarvy) May 19, 2023
The special one
We shall see u is the champions
Then special one