The 49-year-old Galatasaray coach won the Premier League title and FA Cup with Manchester City during his four years at the Etihad prior to the return to Stamford Bridge of the self-proclaimed ‘special one’ Mourinho this summer as Mancini was dismissed.
The rival coaches will face each other this week at Stamford Bridge when Galatasaray visit the Blues for the second leg of their last sixteen tie in the Champions League following their 1-1 draw in Istanbul last month in the first leg.
Mourinho and Mancini’s relationship as ‘not friends’ began back in 2008 when the now 51-year-old Chelsea boss left Stamford Bridge to take charge of Inter Milan where he replaced Mancini at the San Siro. The Italian coach felt he deserved some of the credit for Inter sensational treble win under Mourinho in 2009/10 winning the Serie A title, Coppa Italia and Champions League.
“"Did I build the foundations? I built the roof too! The most difficult thing is to start a cycle. The rest follows as a consequence."
But Mourinho failed to see the correlation, insisting he was ‘indifferent’ to Mancini’s supposed shadow at the San Siro.
The battle of the managers heated up in a press conference back in 2012 when Mourinho stated if his (Real Madrid) side had exited the Champions League in the manner Mancini’s City side did that term, the press “wouldn’t let [him] return to Madrid.”
Mancini responded by accusing Mourinho of being ‘jealous’ and wanting to ‘talk about everything’.
Now, Mancini has revealed the pair are not friends and stated his belief Mourinho doesn’t care to make them.
"In Istanbul we saw each other and said only 'hello'. We certainly aren't friends. I don't think Mourinho wants to have friends, or maybe that's just the way he likes to appear," Mancini said ahead of the clash with the Blues this week.
"I said some perfectly normal things but someone stirred it up into controversy and he got offended."
The only thing to be sure of is there is no love lost between the two managers but, of course, one will come out on top this Tuesday in what promises to be a heated last sixteen tie between the Premier League leaders and the Turkish champions.