Mourinho’s back for the 2016/17 Premier League season and the former Chelsea boss has a point to prove. With Pep Guardiola looking to transition his managerial dominance to the Premier League Man City, Mourinho has been offered a golden opportunity for redemption at Old Trafford, one last chance to thwart his old La Liga foe.
Alongside Mourinho’s pre-established grudges in England, next season’s Premier League is going to be a hotbed for touchline drama, spicy post-match comments and re-ignited rivalries and feuds.
Let the games begin…
Jose Mourinho vs Pep Guardiola
Mourinho and Guardiola were the best of enemies during their respective spells in Spain. As much as you may think the supposed animosity between the two incoming bosses of Manchester’s heavyweight clubs was simply an adding angle generated by the Spanish media, consider the following quote from a Guardiola press conference:
“In this room, he’s the f****** chief, the f****** man, the person who knows everything about the world and I don’t want to compete with him at all.”
Pep Guardiola, Speaking in 2011
Jose Mourinho Vs Arsene Wenger
The man Mourinho described as a ‘specialist in failure’.
Mourinho boasts an impressive record over his French rival, but has never been content to let the stats alone do the talking. Over the years we’ve seen vicious verbal spats, handshake snubs and even a touchline scuffle between these two.
Just as Wenger thought he had finally seen the back of his bitter rival, the petulant Premier League squabble is back once more for 2016/17.
Jose Mourinho vs Eden Hazard
Chelsea fans might remember that Jose Mourinho’s final game as the Blues boss was a depressing defeat at the hands of eventual title winners Leicester. It was a game in which the star from Mourinho’s previous season’s title winning campaign, Eden Hazard, defied his manager by essentially substituting himself with an innocuous injury.
Mourinho was widely criticised for having lost the dressing room and received the sack before he could even discipline the Belgian forward. This season will show whether Mourinho still holds a grudge against the disobedient Hazard.
Jose Mourinho vs Claudio Ranieri
The Special One played a very diplomatic card after Ranieri’s title triumph with Leicester, remarking that “it is with incredible emotion that I live this magic moment in his career.”
This was certainly a change in tactics from Mourinho, or maybe he’s mellowed since he inherited Chelsea from Ranieri, when he heavily criticised the Italian:
“He’s old and he hasn’t won anything,
“I studied Italian five hours a day for many months to ensure I could communicate with the players, media and fans. Ranieri had been in England for five years and still struggled to say ‘good morning’ and ‘good afternoon.'”
Ranieri is certainly thick skinned but will not have disregarded Jose’s comments. With Leicester now expected to challenge at the summit of the table, there may a completely different dynamic to the Mourinho and Ranieri relationship.