Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

PEP V JOSE

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

PEP V JOSE

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AHEAD of tonight's derby, we take a look at the previous 18 meetings between the 'translator' and the 'ballboy'.

INTER 0-0 BARCELONA, CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGES, SEPTEMBER 2009 INTER held the reigning European Champions to a goalless draw, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic missing the best chance of the game for Barca on his return to the San Siro. BARCELONA 2-0 INTER, CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGES, NOVEMBER 2009 DESPITE being without Lionel Messi and Ibrahimovic, Barcelona took a giant step towards winning the group thanks to a midfield masterclass from Xavi.

INTER 3-1 BARCELONA, CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIFINAL FIRST-LEG, APRIL 2010 AFTER going 1-0 down to an early Pedro goal, Inter turned the tie on its head with some thrilling counter-attacking play through Wesley Sneijder, Maicon and Diego Milito. BARCELONA 1-0 INTER, CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL SECOND-LEG, APRIL 2010 DESPITE playing more than an hour with 10 men, Mourinho led Inter to the first Champions League final for 38 years in his 'most beautiful defeat.'.

BARCELONA 5-0 REAL MADRID, LA LIGA, NOV 2010 THIS was Barcelona at their best under Guardiola - tearing Mourinho's gameplan apart with Messi causing havoc. It was Mourinho's heaviest defeat as a manager. REAL MADRID 1-1 BARCA, LA LIGA, APRIL 2011 THE first of four El Clasicos in just 18 days was a fairly low-key affair compared to what was to come, with Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both scoring penalties. The draw put Barcelona eight points clear. BARCELONA 0-1 REAL MADRID, COPA DEL REY FINAL, APRIL 2011 THE first final between these two managers - and it was Mourinho who emerged victorious thanks to a bullet header from Ronaldo in extra-time.

REAL MADRID 0-2 BARCELONA, CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL FIRST-LEG, APRIL 2011 WITH both managers exchanging pre-match insults, it was hardly a surprise that the game was marred by negative tactics, play-acting and Pepe and Mourinho being sentoff. Thankfully, Messi stole the show with two late wondergoals. BARCELONA 1-1 REAL MADRID, CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL SECOND-LEG, APRIL 2011 JUST a week after Mourinho claimed there was a UEFA conspiracy against him, Madrid salvaged some pride but were up against it when Pedro put the hosts ahead. …

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