Argentina legend Diego Maradona has hailed Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho as the greatest manager in world football, while claiming that Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has much to prove before reaching the same level as his former La Liga rival.
The 1986 World Cup winner says that Mourinho’s record is far superior to Guardiola’s – despite the Spaniard having won three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues with former club Barcelona, as well as two Bundesliga titles with current club Bayern.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Maradona said, “Mourinho is a friend of mine.
“For me, Mourinho is the greatest without a shadow of a doubt because he knows what you’re going to say before you say it,” he added.
“It’s extremely dangerous! That’s what makes him Mourinho. That’s what makes him the greatest.
“Pep or Mourinho? I say Mourinho. I think Pep needs a little more time, as Mourinho has had, to be Mourinho.”
The Portuguese manager has led his Blues side to a Premier League title triumph for the first time in five seasons, and looks to have formed one of the most formidable Chelsea teams in their history.
Meanwhile, the former Barcelona boss has been criticised in recent weeks for the uncharacteristically poor form of Bayern. The German giants are yet to win a game since their 1-0 domestic victory over Hertha BSC on April 25.
Their hopes of making it to the final of the Champions League are hanging by a thread following the 3-0 first-leg defeat in the semi-final to Barcelona on Guardiola’s first return to the Camp Nou.