Analysis

Timeline: How Jose and Pep lost the love and became best of enemies

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5. Jose launches Barça conspiracy, 2011

In the ensuing clash, Barça win a toxic game 2-0, with Pepe dismissed and Mourinho sent to the stands. Mourinho then gives an extraordinary press conference in which he accuses UEFA’s referees of favoring Barça, and devalues Guardiola’s achievements.

“Deep down, if they are good people, it cannot taste right for them,” he says. “I hope that one day Guardiola has the chance of winning a brilliant, clean championship with no scandal.”

6. Jose attacks Pep’s assistant, 2011

The following August, the clubs lock horns in the Spanish Super Cup. Another feisty duel has entered stoppage time when Marcelo hurls himself towards Cesc Fabregas right in front of the dugouts. In the inevitable brawl, the red cards are flying, while Mourinho jabs a finger into the eye of Tito Vilanova, Guardiola’s assistant.

Though the gesture is condemned, Madrid’s fans cheer Mourinho’s name at the Santiago Bernabeu days later. A banner reads: “Mou, your finger shows us the way.” A spokesman for Mourinho says: “Jose will not ask for forgiveness. He firmly believes he was defending the interests of Real Madrid.”

7. Pep wins despite ‘UEFA rule’, 2013

A year after leaving Barça, exhausted and sick of Mourinho, Guardiola joins Bayern Munich – and promptly meets him again. Ahead of their duel in the UEFA Super Cup, Mourinho says he doubts whether Bayern have gotten better under their new coach.

Bayern beat Chelsea on penalties, and Ramires gets sent off for a challenge that sidelines Mario Gotze for weeks. “Every time I play Pep I end up with 10 men,” Mourinho says. “It must be some sort of UEFA rule.”