Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has continued his rivalry with former Barcelona idol Pep Guardiola by questioning his love for football.
The two coaches were at each other’s throats during a turbulent three-year spell in Spain which sparked Barcelona and Real Madrid’s Clasico rivalry to an all-time high.
The Portuguese tormentor was tasked with pegging back his rival’s all-conquering Catalan side and occasionally resorted to mind-games and jibes in an attempt to gain an advantage – resulting in some often unsavoury incidents when the two shared the same pitch.
Whilst the La Liga giants have arguably matured in relations since those rather dark days, it appears their former bosses haven’t as their petty feud continues.
According to the Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Mourinho was incensed by claims from former Real Madrid general manager Jorge Valdano that “If Guardiola is Mozart, then Mourinho is Salieri” and in turn was provoked into questioning Guardiola’s love for the game based on his appearance.
He said to the press ahead of this weekend: “If he loves what he does, he wouldn’t lose his hair. Look at Guardiola, he is turning bald which means he doesn’t like football.”
The Blues’ idol’s latest comments come not long after the two were at loggerheads over the conditions of the pitch in relation to each team’s playing style at a recent managerial conference.
The Stamford Bridge outfit under Mourinho have always had a specific playing style, and despite not being the prettiest on the eye, it’s difficult to argue against their effectiveness.