Okocha lists 2 reasons why Guardiola is a better coach than Mourinho

Okocha compares Guardiola and Mourinho

EXCLUSIVE Okocha lists 2 reasons why Guardiola is a better coach than Mourinho

Faruq Ibrahim 16:03 - 03.05.2023

Former Super Eagles star Jay-Jay Okocha gives reasons why Guardiola is better than Mourinho.

Pulse Sports asked Nigerian football legend Austin Jay-Jay Okocha who he thought was the better manager between Manchester City's Pep Guardiola and AS Roma's Jose Mourinho and the former Bolton man picked the Spaniard over the Portuguese, citing the following reasons.  

Mourinho is predictable

The Enugu-born midfielder has accused the former Manchester United manager of deploying predictable tactics, claiming that there is always an expectation for Mourinho to park the bus.  

Roma's manager Jose Mourinho
Roma's manager Jose Mourinho

The 1994 AFCON winner believes Pep, on the other hand, has more in his locker and is capable of tinkering with this team, hence being unpredictable.  

"Mourinho is predictable, and you know that he will park the bus. And I think Pep is unpredictable," Okocha told Pulse Sports.

Pep develops players 

The second reason Jay-Jay gave for choosing Pep as the better of the two iconic managers is his ability to develop young players.  

Over the course of his career, Pep has been credited with discovering, developing, or improving players like Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Pedro, Joshua Kimmich, and Phil Foden, to mention a few. 

Guardiola and Messi at Barcelona
Guardiola and Messi at Barcelona

The 1996 Olympic gold medalist believes this attribute raised Guardiola above his peers, or rather, Jose Mourinho.

"Pep, I think has shown over the years that players develop with him."

Meanwhile, Okocha listed his nephew Alex Iwobi, Moses Simon and two other stars as the most exciting players for the Super Eagles.

Watch the full interview on the Pulse Sports Youtube channel

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