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.”