Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola resume their long-standing rivalry on Saturday night as Tottenham host Manchester City – reside on talkSPORT.
Each managers have tasted enormous success of their careers and have boosed some really distinctive footballers throughout their time within the recreation.
Cristiano Ronaldo had a few of his greatest years working below Mourinho at Actual Madrid, whereas the Juventus celebrity’s fierce rival Lionel Messi hit his prime below Guardiola.
With each managers plying their commerce in three totally different nations in Europe, talkSPORT.com thought it’d be attention-grabbing to mix an all-star XI of gamers they’ve managed.
It was not a straightforward job. Actually, it’s virtually not possible.
The checklist of superstars the 2 iconic managers have coached is countless. However who makes the reduce and what formation would the workforce play?
Goalkeeper: Petr Cech
Getting the nod between the sticks is Cech, who made his identify as one of many Premier League’s biggest goalkeepers throughout his 11-year spell at Stamford Bridge.
The previous Czech Republic worldwide helped Chelsea to 13 main honours, however it was below Mourinho the place he was in his prime, taking part in a significant position in a defence that conceded simply 15 objectives within the 2004/05 marketing campaign.
Manuel Neuer, one other true goalkeeping nice, can rely himself extremely unfortunate to not make the facet after flourishing for Guardiola at Bayern Munich, successful three Bundesliga titles, the DFB-Pokal, UEFA Tremendous Cup and FIFA Membership World Cup.
Notable omissions: Manuel Neuer, Victor Valdes
Defence: Dani Alves, John Terry, Gerard Pique, David Alaba
4 completely colossal defenders make up the again line, with one coming from Mourinho and three from Guardiola’s managerial reigns, which could really feel like a shock.
Terry, who captained Chelsea in probably the most profitable interval of the membership’s historical past, is a must-pick within the facet for his sensible position in serving to the Blues boast one of many fiercest defences in Europe.
Partnering him in central defence was the imperious Pique, who rejoined Barca from Manchester United in 2008 and went on to win the treble in his first season below Guardiola and far more silverware thereafter.
Alves, formally probably the most adorned participant in historical past, additionally needs to be given a spot within the XI given his position in Guardiola’s dominant Barca facet which gained 14 trophies in 4 years, he dovetailed beautifully with Messi on the best.
Present Bayern star Alaba completes the again 4. The Austrian shaped a devastating partnership with Franck Ribery on the left flank which noticed three consecutive titles arrive on the Allianz Area.
Notable omissions: Ashley Cole, Jerome Boateng, Ricardo Carvalho, Gerard Pique, Javier Zanetti, Vincent Kompany, Sergio Ramos
Midfield: Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Claude Makelele
Sergio Busquets is unfortunate to not get the holding midfield spot, however Claude Makelele will get the nod just because two Barcelona males make up the spots in entrance of him.
The Frenchman, who revolutionised the place throughout his time at Stamford Bridge, was an absolute rock in entrance of the impermeable Chelsea defence below Mourinho.
In entrance of the Blues man are two of the best midfielders of all time; Xavi and Iniesta.
Xavi, though not probably the most flashy to observe, was indisputably the best midfielder on the earth and very often out-passed entire groups by himself.
His attributes, coupled with with Iniesta’s outstanding dribbling potential and eye for an inch-perfect go, shaped what’s broadly thought-about the best midfield partnership the attractive recreation has seen.
Notable omissions: Sergio Busquets, Wesley Sneijder, Frank Lampard, Michael Essien, Xabi Alonso, Mesut Ozil, Philip Lahm, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski
In a daunting entrance line, Messi and Ronaldo nail down spots within the XI for apparent causes.
Messi, who has scored a outstanding 640 objectives in 741 matches for the Catalans, was arguably in his prime below Guardiola.
In 2012, he hit unprecedented heights with 91 objectives in a calendar 12 months: 79 with Barça (59 in La Liga, 13 within the Champions League, 5 within the Copa del Rey and a pair of within the Spanish Tremendous Cup).
Ronaldo equally loved his three most prolific seasons in below the wing of his fellow Portuguese Mourinho, scoring an astonishing 168 objectives in 164 video games.
From Didier Drogba and Thierry Henry to Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane, an abundance of world class strikers have performed for each Mourinho and Guardiola.
Nonetheless, just one may be chosen and present Bayern ace Lewandowski has to get the nod.
The Pole, who was unlucky to not win the Ballon d’Or within the COVID-hit 2020, was sensational for Guardiola in Germany, hitting 110 league objectives in three Bundesliga seasons while the Spaniard was on the helm of Bayern Munich.
Notable omissions: Didier Drogba, Diego Milito, Karim Benzema, Sergio Aguero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben
Guardiola and Messi gained a number of trophies throughout their time collectively at Camp Nou