Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have managed some of the biggest clubs in world football, and most of the top players too.
Goalisma brings you the name of players that have played under Mourinho and Guardiola, with Manchester United imminent on securing Alexis Sanchez deal, he is set to join a list of decorated players to have played under both managers.
Under Jose: The Liverpool legend Xabi Alonso played three seasons under Mourinho at Real Madrid and he excelled at the heart of Madrid Midfield. He won La Liga title in 2013 under Mourinho.
Under Pep: Pep surprised the football world when he signed already aging Alonso for Bayern Munich in 2014, with Alonso’s deep-lying playmaker role proving crucial to the evolution of Guardiola’s style away from tiki-taka. Alonso enjoyed lots Bundesliga title playing for Guardiola.
Under Jose: Cesc Fabregas made a surprise move to Chelsea in 2014 and he has since then proved to be an astute signing for the blues, his link-up play with Diego Costa was a joy to watch, he ended up winning Premier League in his first season with Jose Mourinho, he enjoyed only a season and half before Mourinho was sacked.
Under Pep: The Catan was seen as the man that would replace the legendary Xavi but he didn’t achieve that feat, Fabregas enjoyed just one season working with Guardiola at Barcelona, but came into the all-conquering side that had just won the Champions League.
Under Jose: Arjen Robben was one of the major talking points in Mourinho’s dominant Chelsea side between 2004-06.
His electrifying pace and direct style of play made him a perfect fit for the 4-3-3 that claimed back to back Premier League titles for Chelsea.
Under Pep: The Netherland International was in the autumn of his career when Guardiola arrived at Bayern Munich in 2013, his pace and direct play made him an outstanding player he is, an experienced head on a body that could still outrun any flying full-back.
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Under Jose: Kevin De Bruyne was not given a chance at Chelsea by Mourinho, as Chelsea were starstruck when he signed for the blues.
He made nine appearances in just half a season before he was sold to Wolfsburg, a move that Chelsea fans still regret to date.
Under Pep: De Bruyne is the first name on the team sheet for the Pep side Manchester City, he slotted in well in Pep’s style of play.
Under Jose: José Mourinho got maximum out of Zlatan who scored a career-high 25 goals in the league, winning the top goal scorer league for the first time and (of course) winning Serie A.
They reunited in Manchester United to claim a League Cup and Europa League debut in their first season at Old Trafford.
Under Pep: The self-acclaimed Lion Zlatan didn’t live up to expectations in Barcelona, as things turned sour between Guardiola and Zlatan.
The pair did not see eye to eye in the one season they worked together.
Under Jose: Mourinho signed Pedro from Barcelona in 2015, it was far from happy reunion as Mourinho was sacked months later..
Under Pep: The Spaniard was a wide forward in Guardiola’s 4-3-3 he was a key outlet and helped Barca to three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues in that spell.
Under Jose: Claudio Pizarro who was known as Chelsea flop because of his lack of goals, he was one of Jose Mourinho’s final signings at Chelsea in 2007.
Under Pep: Pizarro was at the end of his career when Guardiola signed up at Bayern Munich.
The Peruvian was very much a reserve striker in the two years he spent with pep, but his goal return could not be questioned.
Under Jose: Maxwell played only a season with Mourinho and he was the first choice left-back under Mourinho in their season together at Inter Milan.
Under Pep: The Brazilian was playing second fiddle to Eric Abidal at the Nou Camp, but the Frenchman’s health problems opened the door for Maxwell.
He won two league titles and was part of the famous 2011 Champions League winning squad.
Under Jose: The Cameronian International is another striker to have enjoyed two spells under Mourinho.
He was a crucial part of the Inter side that claimed a historic treble in 2010 and returned to Mourinho’s side for a season at Chelsea three years later.
Under Pep: Eto’o performed really well in his only season with Pep before being shipped out to Inter Milan as part of the Ibrahimovic deal.
Under Jose: Eidur Gudjohnsen was a mainstay in Stamford Bridge, despite the lavish sums spent on new strikers, the Icelander remained a crucial first-team member, especially in Mourinho’s first season. His flexibility suited Mourinho style of play.
Under Pep: The Iceland international was just a squad player during his time playing for Guardiola in Barcelona, he was among the players that won 2008-2009 Treble.
But Guardiola always trusted Gudjohnsen to do a job as one of the few veteran players in a youthful side.