Pep Guardiola became the manager of FC Barcelona in 2008, and he did an outstanding job in his first season, winning six titles in the process.
Real Madrid are known for always going all out in the transfer market, and they responded with a transfer window 'Galatico' style, adding Cristiano Ronaldo as well as other talents such as Kaka and Karim Benzema, among others.
However, it seemed futile given that FC Barcelona had won the La Liga yet again and had broken the points record (99 points). Real Madrid's board of directors got desperate after spending so much money and still being unable to compete against Barcelona's youth superiority. There was only one thing they could do: sign Jose Mourinho, who was the reigning treble winner at the moment.
Mourinho arrived at Madrid as the best manager in the world and the only one who could stop Pep Guardiola and Barcelona from winning the Champions League (UEFA Champions League semis 2010). The primary objective is to prevent Barcelona from winning the Champions League. It was a shaky start for Jose Mourinho, who lost his first El Classico 5:0, drew his second 1:1, and finished the season four points shy of winning the league.
His other losses were in the UEFA Champions League semifinals (3:1 on aggregate) and the UEFA Champions League final against FC Barcelona (which FC Barcelona won). Despite this, Jose Mourinho was able to prevent FC Barcelona from completing the treble by defeating them in the Copa final. It was at this point that he had already begun the process of psychologically exhausting both Pep and FC Barcelona through his mind games.
When Hoe went to the press, he stayed silent during the interview while his assistant Aitor Karanka answered all of the questions. In the press, Jose Mourinho was always able to wear down Pep Guardiola, largely by downplaying his most significant achievements.
As a result of the Stamford Bridge scandal in 2009 and the Bernabeu scandal (which he dubbed "the Bernabeu scandal") in 2011, Jose Mourinho claimed that Pep Guardiola did not deserve to win his two UEFA Champions League titles. "He won one because of the Stamford Bridge scandal in 2009, and he won the other because of the Bernabeu scandal," Mourinho said. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona met six times in the 2011/2012 season after meeting five times in the previous season.
A perfect example of the influence Jose Mourinho had on El Classico were the Super Cup games: both teams played with a lot of heart, there were many fouls, FC Barcelona couldn't play their tiki taka the proper way, and there were numerous riots, one of which saw Jose Mourinho poke Tito Villanova in the eye.
Here's what caused Pep Guardiola to resign.
In a news conference, Gerard Pique revealed, "Pep felt all of the pressure both inside and outside the pitch, and I believe that this is what caused him to go."
A news conference held by Pep Guardiola remarked, "I'm exhausted and I need to recharge; four years have been enough."
Pep Guardiola took a one-year leave of absence and explained it to the board of directors as a result of mental weariness.
Jose Mourinho was appointed in order to prevent FC Barcelona from dominating the domestic and international soccer scene. Whether you like him, respect him, or despise him, he always gets the job done.
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