The Mourinho versus Guardiola tale itself is, of course, multi-faceted. On the one hand, these two high priests of the game have waged an ideological war, representing opposing views on how to literally win football matches. On the other, they also embody different approaches to a coach’s role away from the field. Guardiola the purist, Mourinho the manipulator. The dreamer and the pragmatist.
In that regard, The Barcelona Legacy has something for everybody. Wilson faithfully charts the growing distance between the two over the years and revisits the public skirmishes which have created that chasm, but – with the cooler analysis which he’s more associated – also charts the tactical evolutions and tweaks which manifested in their respective teams. The anecdotes are all here – the outbursts, the eye-poking, the volleying with the press – but so is the substance too.