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Roy Keane: Pep Guardiola is the Special One, Not Jose Mourinho

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Roy Keane says Manchester City head coach, Pep Guardiola, is the special one.

Roy Keane, who was the captain of Manchester United and the Irish national team during his playing days, was clear when asked to pick a side in the now-famous Pep Guardiola vs. Jose Mourinho debate during ITV’s Champions League highlight show.

Guardiola’s Manchester City side defeated Mourinho and his Manchester United squad 2-1 away from home on Saturday, with key players missing such as Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and new signing Ilkay Gundogan.

Roy Keane

Pep Guardiola

Due to the two coaches’ long rivalry and Manchester derby this past weekend, many debates have been floating on who’s the better coach.

Roy Keane has been impressed by Guardiola’s work and backs him up to be the superior out of the two:

“Mourinho reckons he’s the special one, to me this guy (Guardiola) is,” Keane said on ITV during the debate.

“I think what was important when he first went in there, the decision to get rid of two or three really important characters from Man City – Hart, Toure – he made the decision, ‘you’re not for me,” he continued. “He says he’s a challenging coach and he doesn’t look like he’s messing about. They’re playing with a lot of confidence, he’s rotating the squad, the players are playing with a lot of confidence after a decent start. I wouldn’t like to mess with him.”

Manchester City are now top the of Premier League table after winning all four of their opening games. They have also started their Champions League campaign marvelously, getting an impressive 4-0 win at home over Borussia Monchengladbach yesterday.

Keane on Celtic

Roy Keane

Jose Mourinho, Manger of Real Madrid

Meanwhile, Roy Keane — who ended his career playing for Celtic — went on to talk about his former team after their humiliating 7-0 defeat to FC Barcelona on Tuesday.

“I think the whole mindset has to be changed, particularly away from home, you don’t want to be the whipping boys of Europe. We’re talking about Celtic, it’s a huge club and they need to do a lot better.”

“And even when they qualified, the celebrations for me were way over the top. I thought they’d actually won the competition. People were hugging each other, the manager, the coaching staff, the players and it was way over the top,” said the 45-year-old.

Celtic failed to qualify for the last two editions of Champions League before qualifying this season. They are in what many consider the “group of death,” drawing with Barcelona, Manchester City and Monchengladbach.

They take on Man City next at home on Wednesday, September 28th.

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