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5 ways Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho are tactically different

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Mou and Pep
Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola on the touchline

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho are two of the most successful football managers in the world at this moment. The two managers have fought tooth and nail every time they have come head to head.

Pep and Jose were new arrivals at their respective clubs this season, Manchester City and Manchester United. Both the managers were favourites to win the league at the start of the season and had started strongly. But since the Manchester derby, Mourinho's team has faltered. 

First United lost 1-2 to City at Old Trafford. Then they travelled to Feyenoord, for the Europa League fixture, where they were beaten 1-0. Finally, Watford defeated Mourinho's team 3-1 at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

Manchester City have maintained their perfect start to the season with the full 15 points available in their kitty and sit on top of the league table and a commanding win over German side Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League.

Here we share a list of five tactical differences between Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho. 

5) Pep's wide attack vs Mourinho's narrow defence 

Valencia and Kolarov
Antonio Valencia and Aleksandar Kolarov in a duel

What Pep Guardiola has brought to the Manchester City table is his innovation and tactical genius. This season we have seen Guardiola pioneering a new formation where the full-backs cut inside thereby acting as extra midfielders. The Spanish mastermind is using Bacary Sagna and Aleksander Kolarov as his inverted full-backs and both of them have thrived in this role. 

The wingers Nolito and Raheem Sterling stay wide waiting to make incisive runs behind the opposition defence. This adds an extra dimension to the Sky Blues’ attack as they always seem to have extra men available while attacking.

Jose Mourinho, on the other hand, prefers a flatter backline that stays narrow while defending. Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia operate as United's full-backs and overlap frequently while the two defensive midfielders rarely go up to attack. Eric Bailly and Daily Blind also sit back to defend the fort.

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