Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has welcomed Jose Mourinho’s appointment as the manager of Tottenham, Nigeriatunes reports.
Mourinho has taken up his first job after Manchester United sacked him last December, which will see him resume his long-term rivalry with Guardiola. However, the Spaniard has welcomed Mourinho’s return to management, noting that his rival will be a triumph at Spurs.
Guardiola said: “I think you know him better than me – many years here with different clubs. Welcome back. An incredible manager – I’m pretty sure he’ll do a good job.”
He also revealed his dismay over Mauricio Pochettino’s departure just months after reaching the Champions League Final. The Spaniard also stated that sacked Pochettino was a success at Tottenham.
He said: “I’m a little surprised. He’s done incredible. All the managers are judged on titles, but it’s not the truth.
“In the time he was there, the club was better. When a manager leaves, you want the club and team to be better than the moment you took over.
“That happened, but the decisions are made and there’s nothing else to say.”
Guardiola defends Silva over racist tweet
Also, the City gaffer has defended Bernardo Silva despite the midfielder being found guilty, handed a one-match ban and a £50,000 fine following a racist tweet which referenced teammate Benjamin Mendy.
Guardiola said that Silva, who will miss Chelsea’s visit to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, had been an easy target for the Football Association, noting that the midfielder is not a racist.
“The less important thing is that we are going to miss him — he’s been accused of something he’s not,” Guardiola said.
“If they want to pick up someone to show something it was the right person.
“He will be careful with social media but if this can help make a better society then Bernardo will accept it. But he’s not what he’s accused of.”