Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola no doubt are the two top managers of this generation but the Portuguese gaffer has won more trophies in Europe than his Spanish counterpart
Jose Mourinho is on the verge of adding another European laurel to his collection after his side Roma qualified into the Europa League final.
If the Serie A side beat Sevilla in the final, it will be his third trophy in the elite competition and will also make him one of the most successful managers in world football.
On the other hand, Pep Guardiola is also aiming to clinch three trophies this season including the Premier League, Champions League and the FA Cup.
06:21 - 19.05.2023
Jose Mourinho was criticised for utilising ugly tactics to help Roma withstand the attacking barrage of German side Bayer Leverkusen and seal a place in the Europa League final
It will be the Spanish manager’s third Champions League title if Manchester City overcomes Inter Milan in the final in Istanbul.
However, there are some undeniable facts that proves that Mourinho is a better manager than his Spanish counterpart, Guardiola in terms of winning continental trophies.
Here are three reasons Mourinho will still be rated higher than Pep
1. Number of trophies in Europe
Mourinho won the Europa League with FC Porto in 2003, then the following year won the Champions League with the same side in 2004.
After the Portuguese gaffer unexpectedly left Chelsea in 2007, he clinched Inter's first European title in over 30 years and his second as a manager in 2010.
However, Pep’s only success in Europe was when he won the Champions League twice with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.
2. Mourinho won continental titles with a not too expensive squad
FC Porto under Mourinho had the likes of Deco, Ricardo Carvarlho and Paulo Ferreira and they defied the odds when they beat several top European sides.
The same crop of players won the Europa League and the Champions League within the space of a year before repeating it with Inter then the Conference League with Roma.
10:37 - 19.05.2023
Jack Grealish was in bullish mood after Man City's 4-0 win over Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final but Pep Guardiola has fired back at the winger to remain cautious.
It will not be fair to say Pep did not win a trophy with a small side because he has continued to manage clubs that spend hugely in the transfer window.
3. Guardiola failed to win the Champions League with another club
The Spanish tactician is arguably the best manager in the world and over the years his possessive style of play has won him many trophies mostly on the domestic scene.
But Guardiola spent three years at Bayern Munich without winning the Champions League.
The closest he came to winning the Champions League title with Man City was making it into the final in 2021 before losing to Chelsea. Pep is already in the 2022-23 final and will be hoping to break the jinx
On the other hand, Mourinho has had more luck in winning continental trophies with smaller clubs the likes of Porto, Inter and Roma despite handling the likes of Real Madrid and Man United.