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Pep extends his mastery over Mourinho

Pep Guardiola enjoyed his eighth win in his 16th duel against Jose Mourinho on Friday as Bayern Munich clinched the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea after a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

As it had finished 2-2 following extra-time at Prague’s Eden Arena, Bayern held its nerve for a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win after Chelsea substitute Romelu Lukaku missed the crucial tenth spot-kick.

Having locked horns repeatedly as El Clasico rivals from 2010 until 2012 during Guardiola’s four-year reign as Barcelona coach while Mourinho was in charge of Real Madrid, the pair renewed their rivalry in Prague.

Teams coached by Guardiola and Mourinho have now met on 16 occasions with five draws and three wins for Mourinho with Guardiola’s teams having scored 28 goals to Mourinho’s 18.

After his self-imposed year-long sabbatical, Guardiola succeeded Jupp Heynckes as Bayern coach in June, while Mourinho returned for a second stint at Stamford Bridge having left Real the same month.

Heynckes left Guardiola with a tough act to follow as the Bavarians became the first German team to win the treble of European, cup and league titles having won last season’s Bundesliga by a record 25-point margin.

“His rivalry with Mourinho is legendary, but we deserved the win,” said Bayern’s France winger Franck Ribery, who scored Bayern’s second-half equalizer having been voted European player of the year on Thursday.

“We won the treble last year and it’s not easy for Pep to follow in those footsteps, this win will help give us fresh impetus.”

Before Prague, their previous meeting on the sidelines was the April 2012 La Liga El Clasico when Mourinho’s Real enjoyed a 2-1 win at Camp Nou shortly before Guardiola walked away.

Mourinho’s three wins against Guardiola-coached Barcelona were a 3-1 semifinal, first-leg win in the 2010 Champions League semifinals with Inter Milan in 2010, the 2011 Copa del Rey with Real and their last duel, in La Liga, in April 2012.


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