As Mourinho loses finals, a Arsenal legend's words for Guardiola

One of the Gunners' greatest strikers is starting to defend the Spanish coach.

By Liam Styles

One of the Gunners' greatest strikers is starting to defend the Spanish coach.
One of the Gunners' greatest strikers is starting to defend the Spanish coach.
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If it were as easy as everyone thinks, Manchester City would have won a treble a long time ago. But the reality is very different. And Josep Guardiola's side had to be patient to be able to celebrate, until this season, the coveted achievement that few have achieved within the Premier League. It is even difficult in other parts of Europe, so the clubs that have achieved it are counted on the fingers.

Guardiola has swallowed pride and press criticism during his time with the Citizens. Despite failures in previous years, the Spaniard understood that it was not a race over time, but a perfection of his game. Something he achieved by having one of the best players of the moment in Erling Haaland, who has broken all the established goalscoring records in the English league.

His rivalry with Jose Mourinho in La Liga was legendary. The Portuguese was the first to win trophies in the Premier League, but he never won the treble with Chelsea. That does not detract from the fact that he was able to mock his colleague on a number of occasions and, whenever they are able to meet, it continues to fuel a rivalry that was at its peak when they managed Real Madrid and FC Barcelona respectively.

Amidst so much criticism, there is someone who is rectifying his position after much lip service. A historic Arsenal player whose goalscoring record Haaland has just broken, and whose teammates included stars such as Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and Jens Lehmann, who under Arséne Wegner had a perfect season with the Gunners that all fans remember.

What did Guardiola's Arsenal historian have to say?

Thierry Henry was invited to comment on the UEFA Champions League final in Istanbul, Turkey. And he was asked about his opinion of Josep Guardiola, to which he commented: “I'm very happy for Pep. To win two trebles with two different teams. I don't want to hear anyone talk about him anymore. Go to sleep. They don't know what they are talking about. This is the best coach”.In doing so, he has rectified the pundits' criticism that the Spaniard could never win anything with City.

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