The new Manchester City boss is on collision course with his nemesis Mourinho, who has taken charge across town at Manchester United.
But the Spaniard used his first public appearance as City boss yesterday, in front of thousands of fans yesterday at the club’s Academy Stadium, to insist he is far more interested in bringing his brand of football to City than stand-offs with Mourinho.
Guardiola, who has signed a three-year deal to replace Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad. said: “The most important thing in football is that people don’t come to the stadium to see how good the manager is.
“They come to see how good our players are.
“It’s not just this year – there have been many, many good managers in the Premier League, with Jose, with Jurgen Klopp, with Antonio Conte, with Claudio Ranieri, with Mauricio Pochettino, with Ronald Koeman. The reason I am here is just to help the players.”
Guardiola’s long-running rivalry with Mourinho reached its peak when they went head-to-head for glory in Spain.