From been teammates when Bobby Robson was in charge of FC Barcelona to featuring one of the most infamous rivalries in today's world football. Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are one-day closer to writing another chapter in the saga that has been witnessed on three different tournaments so far, arriving now to the Premier League.
Welcome to the new way you will follow the Manchester Derby. The rivalry between the two Mancunian sides has 147 episodes where Manchester United have collected 58 victories against 43 achieved by Manchester City. The long historical duel has seen some classic moments printed in the memories of many that have passed mouth to mouth or immortalized by the magic of the videos.
But from tomorrow everybody is going to be alert of more than could happen on the Old Trafford pitch. Apart from Zlatan Ibrahimovic's movements inside the box or the new tiki-taka passing that City players have learned in just a few weeks, the TV cameras will follow both Mourinho and Guardiola's movements before, during and after the match.
The bookies have already sent their odds. The pundit predictions opened the debate and after Mark Clattenburg's final whistle, whatever is the result of the first Manchester Derby of the 2016-2017 Premier League campaign, people will argue about any player or controversial decision, but it will end with praises or critics to any of the Manchester Premier League clubs' new bosses.
Mourinho and Guardiola hug to each other after Barcelona past Paris Saint-Germain almost 20 years ago in the European Cup Winners' Cup final. Pep was making his way to being one of the club's legends and Mou, maybe a just a man with a plan. The one that Pep cut when he, one of the most valuable products from La Masía was appointed as the Culés general manager in 2008. Here was perhaps the breaking point for their friendship.
After been kicked out from Chelsea, Mourinho had and interview in Lisbon to be Frank Rijkaard's replacement. Pep Guardiola would be promoted as his assistant from the Barcelona team B, but the club's board of directors took a big risk giving to the fans beloved Guardiola the position with Mourinho ending in charge of Serie A's side Inter Milan.
In 2009, Barcelona and Inter drew in the same UEFA Champions League group. The pair competed for the very first time the 16 of September 2009 in San Ciro where the Nerazzurri's catenaccio, or Mourinho's first approach to the "park the bus" strategy, made the game end scoreless. For the second leg, the 24 of November Pique and Pedro gave Barcelona the victory and to Guardiola the advantage in the still unknown course of the story.
Mourinho took a sweet revenge when in 2010 Champions semi-final, Inter eliminated Barcelona with a two leg-victory (3-1 in San Ciro and 1-0 in Nou Camp) with the Portuguese making that running with his finger pointing up that still in their fans memory.
All that drama was just for appetisers. Real Madrid's President Florentino Perez put Mou in charge of The Merengues, and then an extensive list of incidents added to this two narrative.
After 11 meetings between Guardiola's Barcelona and Mourinho's Real Madrid, the balance indicates five wins for Guardiola and two victories for Mourinho with four draws. Left for the story are some remarkable moments as the 5-0 to Barcelona during the first Clasico with them in charge the 29 of November 2010 or the Copa del Rey lifted by Real Madrid in 2011, Mou's first silverware in Spain after a home 1-all and an away 1-0 win.
The verbal war peaked at this moment in the press room where Guardiola said that there "he is el p*** jefe, translated as the f***ing boss, and the one who knows more than everyone else" apparently referring to Mourinho.
Lionel Messi's double in the first leg of the Champions League opening the way to after a 1-all draw during the second leg getting rid Real Madrid in the Champions 2011's semi-final. Mourinho was sent off during the first leg and banned from the line for the second one. He said then that "One day, I would like Josep Guardiola to win this competition properly", making reference to the blau-granas 2009's triumph in controversial circumstances. The victims that time were Chelsea. Mourinho pointed the he "would be ashamed to have won it with the scandal of Stamford Bridge."
The 21st of April 2012, Mourinho claimed a small but significant reward after a 2-1 away victory in La Liga. Real's first away win in El Clasico in five years and Barcelona's first home defeat in 55 games. After that, Real Madrid and Mourinho sealed the league title, the Portuguese only one after in charge, and Guardiola resigned.
Their overall record after 16 meeting gives Guardiola the advantage with seven wins to 3 with six draws. There will be at least to more meeting during this season and for sure lots of stuff to talk.