How José Mourinho Reacted To Jürgen Klopp Being Called A ‘Great Manager’

How José Mourinho Reacted To Jürgen Klopp Being Called A ‘Great Manager’

José Mourinho was not happy with the praise that Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp received.

The 55-year-old Portuguese manager, who was sacked by Manchester United in December, had a heated rivalry with the former Borussia Dortmund boss during their time in the Premier League.

According to The Times’ Oliver Kay, the former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss had a bone to pick with Klopp as far back as 2016.

“The best story about their rivalry concerns a corporate event in 2016,” Kay wrote.

“During a rehearsal, Mourinho took exception to the suggestion that Antonio Conte, [Pep] Guardiola and Klopp be mentioned in the introduction as great managers in the Premier League.

“‘Not Klopp,’ Mourinho reportedly said, asserting that the Liverpool manager was a serial runner-up and that his two Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund barely counted because they came at a time when Bayern Munich were ‘s**t.’

Credit: PA

Credit: PA

“It is always thus with Mourinho — his own triumphs utterly heroic, others’ successes easily played down.

“Such to the extent that his Community Shield victories seem to carry more weight than Guardiola’s or Klopp’s Bundesliga titles.”

The Special One has been a busy man this week, making an appearance on beIN Sports to talk about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, an important exchange that he had with Roman Abramovich over the signing of Didier Drogba and why Mohamed Salah’s time at Chelsea was cut short.

Will Klopp lead Liverpool to the Premier League title this season?

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Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]


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