Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has responded to his Tottenham Hotspur counterpart after he questioned the injury sustained by one of his players on England national team duty. Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling had pulled out of the England games last week and that has left Spurs boss Jose Mourinho on the edge.
Mourinho doubted the injury that forced Sterling from playing the England games but didn’t prevent him from potentially featuring against his team. Sterling is expected to take his place in the Manchester City attack when the Citizens visit North London for an away game with Spurs in the standout match of Matchweek 9 in the Premier League.
In his pre-match press conference for the Manchester City game,Mourinho called on England national team manager Gareth Southgate to shame the Premier League managers pressurising him not to select their players. He went on to cast doubt on the injury status of Raheem Sterling during the international break. Southgate had earlier talked about Premier League managersand the possible collision with them due to the selection of their players.
In his response to Mourinho, Pep Guardiola joked that maybe the Spurs manager is now a doctor. He added that Mourinho can contactthe doctors at Manchester City.Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola has renewed their rivalry ahead of the league game this weekend.
Mourinho and Guardiola were fierce rivals at Real Madrid and Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga between 2010 and 2012. Guardiola is responsible for the heaviest defeat given to Mourinho in his managerial career. He was the manager in the Nou Camp dugout as Barcelona thrashed Mourinho’s Real Madrid 5-0 in the first El Clasico meeting involving the two managers.
The two managers then continuedtheir rivalry in Manchester from 2016 to 2018 before Mourinho was sacked as the Manchester United manager.