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Alonso: Guardiola and Mourinho have similar personalities

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 12 Apr 2016

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Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso believes Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho have similar personalities, even if they differ in football philosophies.

Alonso worked under Mourinho – sacked by Chelsea in December – at Real Madrid and is now coached by Guardiola at Bayern.

As one of only a handful of players to play under both managers, Alonso is well placed to compare the two.

“Pep and Mou are very different in football terms, but I see similarities in their personalities,” he is quoted as telling beIN Sports.

“[Mourinho] is 100 per cent competitive and wants to win. He squeezes out what he does not like to get what he wants.”

Guardiola will make way for Carlo Ancelotti – another coach under whom Alonso has played in the past – when he leaves for Manchester City at the end of the season.

“I think of Ancelotti with fondness because he is an endearing person,” added the Spain international. “He is a club man and does not give importance to things that do not matter.”

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