April 20th, 2010
08:56 PM ET

Will Mourinho the master defeat Guardiola the great?

The clash between Italian title holders Inter Milan and Spanish champions Barcelona in the semifinals of the European Champions League has been a mouthwatering match up, as two giants of the world game vie over 180 minutes of football to earn the privilege of an appearance in the lucrative final.

Can Jose Mourinho emerge as victor over Barca coach Pep Guardiola?
Can Jose Mourinho emerge as victor over Barca coach Pep Guardiola?

On the face of it, reigning champions Barcelona were favorites to progress. Prior to the first-leg semi, the Catalans boasted a fifteen game unbeaten streak and in star player Lionel Messi, had one of the world's best players performing at the top of his game. The manner of the Spanish side's recent victories – bar a 0-0 draw with city rivals Espanyol – had been awesome in their attacking verve and domination of possession.

In Pep Guardiola, Barcelona also have a coach who is one of the brightest rising stars in soccer. In his debut season in charge the 39-year-old captured a grand total of six trophies, three of which completed an unprecedented treble for the Camp Nou based side, when the La Liga title, the Copa Del Rey and the European Champions League title were secured in the same campaign.

The former Barca midfielder has seemingly proved to be the perfect choice to lead one of the biggest clubs in the world, his tactical outlook matching the ethos of a side traditionally famed for its attacking and aesthetically-pleasing brand of football.

As well as proving tactically astute, adept in his dealings with the media and an able motivator of men, Guardiola has not shied away from making big decisions. The move to let leading goalscorer Samuel Eto'o leave his squad as a bargaining chip in the transfer of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Inter, baffled many around the world – why would you give the lethal Cameroonian to a potential rival?

But Guardiola's belief was that, to maintain the momentum of the glories of last season, the head of a major figure had to roll; a demonstration that no one player was too big to sacrifice for the cause of communal progress. So far he has not been proved wrong in his thinking.

Maybe fate then had a large part to play in Barca's 3-1 defeat in the Giuseppe Meazza stadium – with the fallout from the recent volcano eruption forcing the side to travel to northern Italy by energy-sapping road rather than air – or maybe it was something else, namely a vintage performance by the master coach Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho is the chalk to Guardiola's cheese. A former winner of the Champions League with Porto, the coach who guided Inter to the Serie A title last season has been no less successful, having previously guided English Premier League side Chelsea to back-to-back titles.

Where Guardiola is open with the press Mourinho is, at times, positively hostile and notoriously provocative, displaying a Machiavellian approach to gaining any psychological edge possible over his opponents. Pep has made his name with a pressing, goal-hungry style of football which promotes creative freedom; Jose prefers prosaic defending and organized authority first from his machine-like teams. Inter maybe Italy's top-scoring side but the foundations of the team are built on not conceding.

Before being drawn together in the semis of 2010, the sides had met four times previously in European competition. Inter – aiming to make their first European Cup final in 38 years – had never scored a goal against the Spaniards let alone won a game. Despite this Mourinho masterminded a superb 3-1 victory in front of the Nerazzurri home crowd.

The tie hangs in the balance with Inter having to defend a two-goal advantage against one of the best attacking sides there is – so who will prevail Guardiola the great or Mourinho the master? Either way, the mental chess game that will be played out by two of the most intriguing coaches in the game will prove fascinating.

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  1. Shaphat

    What sighn are we looking for again?the heavens are behind him.Mourinho is the master chase player and am sure he is the man for the moment.Guardiola is good but the choosen one/special one is 'three' much!

    April 20, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  2. Ibrahim Boris

    Emotionally,I would love to see Jose triumphed over Barca.
    But,realistically you cannot dismiss Barcelona.They have the talent and the sqaud to achieve the turn around.

    April 20, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Reply
  3. Nasiib

    I bleive my self that barcel0na wil bounce back in the sec0nd leg of the champions league sami-final on the 28th of april. If my heart not telling me a lie barcelona and baryer munich will be final..

    April 20, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  4. Size2010

    Although Pep has proved to the world 2be a good coach but I strongly believe Mourinho is taking this one home.he's just shown that even billionaires make mistakes

    April 21, 2010 at 3:57 am | Reply
  5. martphilux

    Hi! Mourinho sure will overcome gudiola i know what the itallian side defence are made of with almighty
    God on their side i know they'll surely overcome gudiola and that messsi

    April 21, 2010 at 5:28 am | Reply
  6. Fola Atoloye

    Inter will win.

    April 21, 2010 at 6:46 am | Reply
  7. Harry Anthony

    With what had happened yesterday, i wanna say with a loud void that Mourhino has an edge over barca at the moment because if inter follows barca to their homesite, all they would need is to draw so barca will be knocked out.

    April 21, 2010 at 7:53 am | Reply
  8. david

    Barcelona will be eliminated because of not being forceful in the final third. Their attacking midfielders were very direct against a very strong Inter defense of Lucio and Walter. In the return match, Barca will play very attractive football but will not go anywhere. I don't see Inter defense being broken. It is Mourinho's title to loose.

    April 21, 2010 at 8:45 am | Reply
  9. zeze

    One measures skill by the tools at hand and if Mourinho did it with Porto (without star players or money but purely & simply – heart and excellent play by the Portuguese), who by comparison are small and so much poorer than the greats of Europe – that is skill – pure and simple! Just pure simple ingredients given to a great chef... He should be able to do it again, but then the beautiful game is full of surprises......

    April 21, 2010 at 8:55 am | Reply
  10. George Senator

    The Special One will knock barca out of Champions League, on the 28th of April.... Sure.

    April 21, 2010 at 9:23 am | Reply
  11. brendon

    could this once great coach of chelsea plz return back home plz

    April 21, 2010 at 9:37 am | Reply
  12. Brume

    Barca will win in the next leg.

    April 21, 2010 at 9:49 am | Reply
  13. Damola

    I strongly believe in Jose Mourinho and his boys.
    Inter all the way to Santiago Bernebeu.

    April 21, 2010 at 9:54 am | Reply
  14. Eze Ndukwe

    Before anything,jose shuld be given a tactical award then the C. league trophy. Up Gunners anyway.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:08 am | Reply
  15. Joe

    With what happened yesterday one will only have to but agree that when it comes to tactical flare in football mourinho is master that can take on any team and come out succesfull!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:09 am | Reply
  16. Joe

    With what happened yesterday one will only have to but agree that when it comes to tactical flare in football mourinho is a master that can take on any team and come out succesfull!

    April 21, 2010 at 10:09 am | Reply
  17. Ashlin September ( SOUTH AFRICA)


    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 am | Reply
  18. Luqing

    I am the supporter of Barcelona.I strongly believe that they will win

    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 am | Reply
  19. Jacob kenny

    I hate the saying know barca know football now is in another way round. All barca fans are mouthless. Kudos to Inter though am an Arsenal fans.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:18 am | Reply
  20. Dogara,D

    I want to send my kudos to the greatest coach of the moment ,with the level of mourhino approch on barca i don't think he will be eleminated for in the championship, cos i'm a chelsea i know what he can do

    April 21, 2010 at 10:18 am | Reply
  21. C . Menns

    Congrats Inter, go to win the second leg,there is nothing to fear it's your time now ,do not disgrace Inter,Mourinho and Italy . Barca is no magic team , Eto, this is the time to prove you are as good as Messi, drop any emotional feelings and be your best afterall you are wearing Inter's jersey.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:23 am | Reply
  22. Ernest elem

    Barcelona is a great team but intermilan will show them pepper this time around. i luv morinho

    April 21, 2010 at 10:37 am | Reply
  23. onovo

    inter must defeat barca.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:37 am | Reply
  24. Dammy adex

    Pep time is over ..it's jose time to reign.up morinho bcos he is going to do it once more

    April 21, 2010 at 10:38 am | Reply
  25. zao

    hell mighty samuel eto'o back in nou camp ... wait and see. madrid could testify for that ...

    April 21, 2010 at 10:39 am | Reply
  26. Nester

    jose is a man barca has fallen.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:47 am | Reply
  27. Levi

    The special-one is indeed 2 much.pep is a very good coarch but jose is d best. I ,m convince he will prevail

    April 21, 2010 at 10:51 am | Reply
  28. Satenaw

    Jose is the master of football. He knows how to play with attacking team like Barcelona. His philosophy of football is exceptional. Mesi is one of the greatest footballers but he couldn’t break the inter defence. Jose’s strategy of marking Mesi was fruitful.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:52 am | Reply
  29. Oriaku

    We need to follow the history properly before conclusion. Inter since the knockout stage, they have not lost any match – they beat chelsea home and away, csk home & away. Though barca is good but the best they can get come next week is draw.

    Just relax and see the master marshall out strategies to cage them.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:54 am | Reply
  30. Rocio

    I strongly belieave that barcelona will win intermilan because life is ful of suprices.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:58 am | Reply
  31. Morad

    Plain and simple. Barca was pretty flat yesterday...they lacked play making in the mid-field and I think moving Messi to center was a bad idea. Everyone knows that Messi performs better attacking from right side inwards. The defense was horrible at best, I have always thought this would catch up with Barca at some point. They need defense and I think Puyol and that tall blonde dude (forgot his name) don't cut it anymore especially when you have fast attacking players like Snider, Eto, others... I say Inter goes through to final. I also think that Inter will win the return leg. As far as comparing these 2 coaches, I think today they are number 1 and number 2 in the world, you pick the order...

    April 21, 2010 at 11:02 am | Reply
  32. Rachelle

    GOOOOOOOOOOOO Mourinho:) I like Barca but Mourinho is a genius:)

    April 21, 2010 at 11:05 am | Reply
  33. Taiwo

    The great mouriho. Pls, go for gold.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:09 am | Reply
  34. Akilu yunusa

    Hmm, i am a barca fans and i know how barca play football. Inter will shed blood to eliminate barcelona at camp nou

    April 21, 2010 at 11:13 am | Reply
  35. Nilton

    Last night match was terribly for Barcelona we also have to see who is on the other side. Morinho is great soccer coach but Guardiola i have better team which will win on the next match at campno

    April 21, 2010 at 11:20 am | Reply
  36. Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Inter and Barça have played positive football in the ongoing CL. Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are successful team builders. The two dynamic managers have given us some fine moments. May they continue serving Jogo Bonito with dedication and distinction. It was a good first leg semi last evening. Best wishes for the second.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:21 am | Reply
  37. lindelani

    Murohno is great tactically – his side is very disciplined. While Barca are really good: i dont see them scoring twice not even at the New Camp. How I wish Barca could win...

    April 21, 2010 at 11:22 am | Reply
  38. Terry uche

    Pep is great , the special one is greater. I wish him luck. I wish he could come back home to chelsea

    April 21, 2010 at 11:22 am | Reply
  39. Isah

    There re three coaches in the world of futbal; jose mourinho, sir alex ferg and others.futbal is nt about who plays beautifuly but the final 90 minute result. Jose is an empire builder who knws when to go front and back.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:23 am | Reply
  40. christian

    I am sure that Inter,milan under this coach will surely overcome barcelona. Jose M. should now preper his team without this untrained and uncultured Mario Baloteli as he is not yet ready to learn from history. Congratulation Inter. You have my surport all the time.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:25 am | Reply
  41. Dike ifeanyi Charles

    Inter shows wht life is all abut.football is not measured by players but wht d coach can do.infact,MOURIOH is d mater of football.kudos 4 inter.aboveall,up GUNNERS.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:28 am | Reply
  42. Goodluck

    The great Mourinho big up to you. surely this troph is for INTER not for Bacelona. Goodluck to you.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:29 am | Reply
  43. batsa

    I think Gadiola can,t stop morinho he knows the work more than gadiola

    April 21, 2010 at 11:30 am | Reply
  44. S.T.DIPLOO


    April 21, 2010 at 11:31 am | Reply
  45. Akilu yunusa

    Inter will be in hot soup at camp nou

    April 21, 2010 at 11:32 am | Reply
  46. Excel

    Before the game, all eyes were on barcelona, but now, i am sure they will rethink, up inter mastered by the master JOSÉ MASTINHO

    April 21, 2010 at 11:34 am | Reply
  47. carmew

    Wow...I see so many people cheering for Mou...I really think they forget what Guardiola has accomplished with only one year of coaching a 1st league team...6 titles the first year! how many years has Mou been coaching? Did he win 6titles his first year? I also think people forget the referee that we had last night .....penalties, off side goal... The kind of soccer Barça plays with Guardiola is beautiful...the one that Inter plays.....
    Barça will beat Inter next week!

    April 21, 2010 at 11:34 am | Reply
  48. desy

    Mourinho is the best . What mourinho did is what I expected asenal to do. This is to show you that there are coach and there are masters. Mourinho can you please coach Nigeria team please.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:34 am | Reply
  49. Heyooh

    Pls n pls people should not judge others ability by one sided perfection.That Barca lost their first leg away match to Inter those not mean that mourinho or inter as a team is better than pep guardiola or barca team because they inter have not escaped the power of football provocation which they caused for Barca fc.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:37 am | Reply
  50. Ezenwa J.I

    Who is not afraid of the man Jose. Speak or forever remain silent. Inter for real!

    April 21, 2010 at 11:38 am | Reply
  51. JC

    As long as he brings the ref with him , he should be fine.....

    April 21, 2010 at 11:40 am | Reply
  52. Villa

    Barça will win the last match and Mourinho will watch the Champion´s League Final on television. He was very lucky with the portuguese referee. FCB only needs a 2-0 victory at Nou Camp.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:43 am | Reply
  53. lekan samson

    I no dt 2nd leg of d game inter will be difted.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:44 am | Reply
  54. Bright

    Come next week wednesday de catalans will kick intamil out whetha they like or yes. Barca all de way.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:45 am | Reply
  55. Wolex

    Football is a game of 50-50 chance. So anythin can hapen at any time,but eventualy boys will be separeted from men

    April 21, 2010 at 11:46 am | Reply
  56. Mustapha,4rm NIGERIA

    For me inter is still d best,and i think is over 4 barca

    April 21, 2010 at 11:46 am | Reply
  57. john oludhe

    Mourinho tactfully wit he's formation system a coach any professional team would go for. without doubt inter will sail through.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:56 am | Reply
  58. Ugonna Etoh

    surley barcas shall overcome the interlians, in Jesus name Amen.

    April 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  59. Alia

    Barcelona players was surely tired, they had to travel around 15 hours to go to Milan in bus because they cannot go in plane because of the ashes cloud. In Barcelona I'm so sure the things will be change.

    April 21, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  60. Alia

    Barcelona players were surely tired, they had to travel around 15 hours to go to Milan in bus because they cannot go in plane because of the ashes cloud. In Barcelona I'm so sure the things will be change.

    April 21, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  61. BCN

    Lets just see. Lets just see.. Mou is not quite the genius you think. There were a number of factors outside of his control which gave inter full advantage ... 14 hour bus journey, one off side goal, at least one penalty to Barca... It is unheard of for Barca to have more fouls than their opponent.. The ref was very very ordinairy. Full credit to Inter though. They took advantage of everything that was given to them.

    April 21, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Reply
  62. Stanley

    Barca will bounce back

    April 21, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  63. gerar

    that has been only a match, must wait for the other in bcn.

    April 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  64. Kenneth EKere

    BArca will win inter. Wat goes around comes around.

    April 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  65. Murphy humphrey

    Inter is a gang of rejected outlaws .morinho by chelsea,eto by barca,julio by bayern munich.who can stop them!may be uefa.

    April 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  66. Kenneth EKere

    BArca will win inter.

    April 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  67. Elvis Kennedy

    Jose is the best coach ever and he is the special one in world football...Gooooooooooo Jose Goooooo and i cant wait to see you hold the CUP at Santiago de Banabouy at Spain..You are my mentor

    April 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  68. Chidoxky

    Kudos 2 Jose the master... Guten abend

    April 21, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  69. Ugonna Etoh

    Inter will surley loss to Barcas.

    April 21, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  70. chen hs

    Mourinho is today, but Guardiola is tomorrow.

    April 21, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  71. adeyinka

    mourinho is the best manger in the world i see him winning the champions the second leg and the cup. But football is not mathematics

    April 21, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  72. Ocheja

    One revelation of last night match is that Messi can be caged. Nigerian national football coach take note. Get him and Tevez caged on June 12 and you will have 3 points in your kitty at your first match at the world cup. Good luck.

    April 21, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  73. Nnamdi

    I was delight about intermilan peformace bcos i can't imagine how barca can carry d trophe back-to-back murinho is the grand master and he will still win them during d return leg at d camp nou

    April 21, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  74. Onyishi solomon k

    To Gadiola and all barca fans it seems to be a dream but reality. Barca has talented players almost than inter but yesterdays match is not all about players talent rather is about coach technical ideology which jose is the best in that vision.that gave them victory yesterday and will continue to make way for them as long as jose is in charge. Good luck to inter for there 2 nd leg.

    April 21, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  75. luszon

    amazing game

    April 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  76. pips

    Did it b4,do it again.3-0.BArca win.Watch this space!!!

    April 21, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  77. Luis

    Inter should be able to win the next match because they do have a strong defense game.Nevertheless, barca has turned around several games, like the one against Chealsea, scoring a goal in the last few minutes. oh well, that's why we all must watch the match next week!

    April 21, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  78. Olatunji aliu

    I think moriho is more capable dan gajiola?4 me inter we defite barca @ nou cap

    April 21, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  79. Mubarak umar

    This is football, i can not say anything till 28 cos anything could happen. Anyway jose has tried.

    April 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  80. meles mengesha

    i really admire both managers. Pep for overcoming the long journey and prepare the team for this tough game. Jose for his terrific formation of the team.

    April 21, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  81. Supastar

    Lets be realistic, barca did well but inter was better in everything both in striking, scoring and defending. But barcas defense was found wanting. well, who knows wot 2 expect, any thing can happen. Mourinho is a wonderful coach, he proved himself worthy. I wish all of them the best............................

    April 21, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Reply

    Mourinho is the factor,Barcelona can forget champions league this season.
    Go on Mourinho you are a great coach.

    April 21, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Reply

    Let the cup go round.

    April 21, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  84. B. Tosan

    Pep is a great coach, a world-class manager, an achiever, who's fortunate to have inherited the world's best footballers in Messi, Xavi, Iniester, Alves, name it. Jose is a master of tactics, who knows how to inspire an average team to greatness. He did it with Porto, he did with Chelsea. And now, having beaten the best team in the world, he's doing with Inter - and I know he's destined 4 a historic glory with the Italian champions. No doubt, Jose Mourinho is truly the man of the moment.

    April 21, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  85. Richie

    Even if Barca can win on the second leg,they will be out for the final.Once again,Mourinho proved that he is a genius in football tactics

    April 21, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  86. Olusesi

    Kudos to inter performance.they have shown barca pepper.but let wait and see the outcome of the return leg

    April 21, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  87. Olurinde Adewale, Samuel

    Am highly happy for Jose winning Barca.

    April 21, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  88. Adesunkanmi Suker

    And by now, the world should conclude that, Jose is the best for this world as a coach. As messi to players so father to a family, then Mourinho to the managers

    April 21, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  89. X-boyz

    What is d conditio of barcelona in this semi-final. Do u think their can still make it

    April 21, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  90. Onah rotechukwu

    The master has done it again

    April 21, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  91. Olurinde Adewale, Samuel

    Hope Lyon will also perform magic against Bayern today.

    April 21, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  92. fidel

    Barca at the moment has no striker to match Inter ,it shows the coach made a mistake by selling E'to and not finding someone to replace a great underrated player

    April 21, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  93. kumlachew asmare

    I am a Barcelona fan and believe our boys will do whatever it takes to eliminate inter. The team is still world's greatest regardless of the final outcome. I hate Morinho because he is not just descent and respectful. Football is full of surprises. Perhaps it is his day. That is all. No further explanation!

    April 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  94. Hussain

    Take care morinho next time.

    April 21, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  95. otegbulu N

    the special one has done it again. the great mathmatican.

    April 21, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  96. dwise

    i luv this; some thought no one could stop barca..well barca will loose even the return match;this is no time for messi's academy football; they needed eto'9 for matches like this; pep has met pepper..mourino is a genius

    April 21, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  97. damena

    i think both teams do have equal chance of 50-50, though Milan seems to benefit from yesterday's result.

    April 21, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  98. Leofromrussia

    Wait! Inter gas won only the first game. The second is coming. I'm sure, Barsa will show'em hell!

    April 21, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  99. daci

    Having watched Inter Milan's previous two matches that got them this far, all I can say about their win against Barca in Milan was but sheer luck. Milan should thank the authorities for the 'air embargo' imposed upon the continent that made Barca travel the 15- hour long journey, that eventually robbed them of their usual 'master class performance' . It is no doubt, that the second deciding leg in Camp Nou will be a mouth watering match as Barca would try to turn the tables to outwit their opponents. Indeed a 2-o win at home is not an impossible feat for Barca to achieve. Go Barca, Go!

    April 21, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  100. Damian

    Mourinho Is better than Guardiola in what they do. Inter will get rid of Barca.

    April 21, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  101. Zahradeen Abubakar

    before, i used to think that football is a game of luck, but now i came to believe that good technical adviser mean alot to the teem succes.

    April 21, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  102. Evans (Kenya)

    Games are not only worn by flare foot work but mental strength and solid strategies. Let Barca plan for next seaon since Inter will not let this go.

    April 21, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Reply
  103. Ajekigbe

    All i cn say is dt, Barca is a good team bt Mourinho is a great coach... I cn c Mourinho liftn d trouphy wt Inter ds season. Up chelsea.

    April 21, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  104. Chidera

    Inter will surely make it to the final of this competition

    April 21, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  105. Malaysia

    Barca will at nou camp.. For Sure!

    Did you know.. Barca players travel more than 1000 km by bus... for the game.. Sure they are tired..
    But in nou camp.. Evrything will be change! Final: Barca vs BayernM

    April 21, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  106. Doryn

    Yesterdays game was between great footballers and a tactician. i'm proud of you Jose Mourhino and Salute you. you are the best.

    April 21, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  107. Franco

    You'd never know the Best until you see the Rest.
    Everything is subject to change. No one is certain of what the next minute holds within.
    I've not seen much of Inter fans' write up on this blog. It's all Arsenal & Chelsea. Well it's not good enough to ask why it is so. Bcos JEALOUSY is a such a strong force and stronger when you just can't help but look. That's the case here. Lets not be sentimental. These players are humans not machines. who cld hav taken a 15-hr ride and yet be expected to deliver...?
    This whole blog is not so different from those that came after Bayern vs Man U's first leg, even for Barca vs Arsenal first leg. What later happened? Inter will never make for all d teams Barca faced on their way to the 6 trophies. I can only say lets wait till d 90th minute whistle in Camp Nou.

    April 21, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  108. Nash

    I believe the Special One will triumph over Barca. And little disappointed in Xavi about his comment on the referee. He shouldn't forget what the referee did to Chelsea last year before Barca marching to win the title. He should give praise where it due.

    April 21, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  109. Abdul (Dorodo)

    Both Inter and Barca played good soccer. But i think inter were lucky to win the game.

    April 21, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  110. Franco

    You can say Mourinho is better tha Guardiola in what they do, but Mourinho cannot go into d pitch to play. You seem to forget Barca (coach + players ) in a flash.

    April 21, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  111. gister

    the master coach of football..mourinho is the best..i lovvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee him...i love barca..but i c inter winning this cup..chelsea lost a good coach..and his so cute..his wife must be lucky to have a focused and very confident man

    April 21, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  112. Madukaife ifeanyi

    I knew that mon was a dangerous man

    April 21, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  113. kingsley

    "The Special One" will deliver a special gift to Pep during the second leg. Watch out! It's coming soon.

    April 21, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  114. godfrey .I

    One man can not be a king always,infact I thank Inter for the force of wining the first part of the match over barca,I will count them the best when they overcome the next round.

    April 21, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  115. Godfrey irmiya

    In a game like this, when two ELEPHANT are fighting it is the ground that surfer. So pep and jose are fighting we the watchmen are surfering of who will win. In the game of football anything can happened, barca have a very little chance 2 the final while inter an opened chance. I still like barca they try because they are among the last FOUR.

    April 21, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  116. Elliot E.Ebutu.

    Barca is a good side,they are the best team in the world for now, but is a clash of two elephant.the grass go suffer. In every game there must be a winer, mourinho has prove to the world that he is a tactician and wardy of been called a prof.

    April 21, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  117. Dabels

    Up. . .. mourinho, you have prove that you are one of the best coaches in the world. Go beat barca at home.

    April 21, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  118. Turbo D'Afrique

    When d special one started writing with d pitch as his table, i knew d worst was about to happen. When he gave a 5 pages lecture by merely beating of his palms, i knew he was ready for d kill. B cos it is an insalt for barca to first score. It was like alerting d bees from its hive. D special one, pls forgive d Roman bilionaire and come back to chelsea.

    April 21, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  119. naco4life

    Guys stop lamenting the man Jose morinho is going the cup not win barc bcos barc has already being defeated chief Jose .

    April 21, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  120. naco4life

    morinho is still the best and can do more cos he never belive lost

    April 21, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  121. Turbo D'Afrique

    D special one, pls forgive d Russian billionaire and come back to chelsea fc

    April 21, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  122. man.utd.4.eva

    I'd prefer Inter to win the UCL... first, bcos Barca beat Man Utd last year, and second, bcos Bayern knocked us out this year... Go Inter.

    April 21, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  123. umar

    The issue isn't just winning but qualifying,sorry barca!

    April 21, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  124. Ademola 'kunbi

    Mind games mercurial display with fearless approach proved to be superior in yesterday's contest (this was arsenal lacked!) hope to see how barca will respond nxt week?
    No team is invincible! That point has been proved.

    April 21, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  125. ernest

    how could madrid release a player like wesley sneider & Robben???? for who? grenero or who? how i wish they could relegate to the secound div maybe it would help them to make up there mind if they want to win trophy's or sell shirts.
    jose, is a great coach..... he made players like lampard superstar even the drogba .... his doing it with inter players... Guardiola inherited a good team and showed his not a very good coach when he exchanged eto for zlatan. barca need a striker that moves around n create space for the attacking midfieders not a striker that stands at a particuler place n makes the job very easy for opponent defence.
    let the best team win on the 28th..

    April 21, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  126. Abiokwe

    Up 4 the special one & the Inter group as a club, I 'm delighted yesterday night seeing Coach Pep Guardiola & Jose Mourinho, in a crucial & tactically motion of Champions League Semi Final. Meanwhile, i praise Jose 4 his tremendous & tactically inspiration in the world of football we love u carry on wit the good job, we hope to see u in Final Champions league u're a great coach in the world.

    April 21, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  127. andrea


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  128. Scarface

    Jose...when you win "This" Champions League Trophy with Inter, can you please come home to Chelsea. Just say it and the Billionaire will have no choice because the fans will revolt. I know you want to go Spain next, but, we miss you so much....Trophy or no Trophy at Chelsea. We miss everything Mourinho. The press conference, the mental game, the coats, the controversy, the Mourinho, and the Mourinho. We miss everything.

    April 21, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  129. Tuga Macau

    The portugusee coach shows why the PORTUGUESE ruled the world 400 years ago: with determination and courage!
    A small country with a big desire: to be world champions in South Africa

    April 21, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  130. Fernando Moreira (Portugal)

    Mourinho will win the European Champions League. No doubt about it!

    April 21, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  131. Jolomi

    Inter Milian put on a very briliant performance yesterday and I'm happy about Barcas defeat. Anyone who says Barca will qualify for the final is only dreaming a dream that will not come through. Thanks to Mourinho the special one.

    April 21, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  132. Herolegend 4rm fedpoly oko

    How come people didnt believe that messi can be caged. Chelsea did it in both legs and jose took a leaf from that.
    Well,i like barca as a team but have a special love for the special man and his special team...INTER go 4 gold!

    April 21, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  133. Jolomi Amiwero

    Inter Milian put on a very briliant performance yesterday and I'm happy about Barcas defeat. Anyone who says Barca will qualify for the final is only dreaming a dream that will never come through. Thanks to Mourinho the special one.

    April 21, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  134. Dayo

    Sure mourinho has already won d cup

    April 21, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  135. Richard Jones

    Pep is good but he is new in this buisness and has to make mistakes and learn. The selling of Eto & buying of the OVER RATED Ibrahimovich is on of those mistakes. He lost 40m and got a player who according to many anaysist should not be playing in such an ambitious team. Jose is quite expierence and has learn alot over the years. He has also totally discourage the defensive midfield giant – Toure buy constantly using he as a sub.
    If they are given the same conditions, Jose will be far better.

    April 21, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  136. Dayo

    Mourinho's 3-1 victory over guadiola establishes dat mourinho is already playing d final in madrid

    April 21, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  137. Alayande mayowa

    I am in support of inter milan infact i wnt dem 2 lift d trophy

    April 21, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  138. Ceejay

    Jose is the best in the world.l luv u.pls come back to chelsea

    April 21, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  139. destiny

    I think barca should learn their lesson 4rm yesterdays defecencive blunder.But all thesame kudos to murinho

    April 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  140. Abey

    D team barca is grt meanwhile nev 4gt d special one wn he was stil in chelsea he n sir alex were pulling dground,he was respected in england n also sir alex give his own respect,anythn special one does he did it 2 prove himself out also pep +barca work with one spirit,a team with respect,honor n leadership spirit let all wait till next match 4 d second leg 4 judging.kudos 2 d tacticain,kudos pep,kudos 2 d players both side. Up chelsea.

    April 21, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  141. Abdullahi

    Inter will definetely overcome barca at spain.

    April 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Reply
  142. Amoo olukunle samuel

    Baca need just 2 goals and i believe they'll get it or even 4-1.

    April 21, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  143. Kwame Sam

    Inter Manager the best among all.

    April 21, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  144. Atiku

    Mourinho the master actually did a welcome job by outsmarting barca,though i'm manutd fan but i hails inter milan.

    April 21, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  145. Julius Kunweleyil

    Inter has definately proven that it is a coequal to Barca. However, the last 20 or so minutes was heavily dominated by barca and one would ask: can Inter remain resolute for the next 90 minutes at Camp Nu?

    April 21, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  146. Ademola w.j

    There is nothing new under heaven,it is started as you can see.up mourigho.

    April 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  147. Hugo Vaz

    Mourinho is the Master, then Capello and then Hiddink, i Hope Mou wins the C.L. and then gets transfered as Real Madrid coach... This would be my Soccer dream fulfilled (Perez, Mourinho & CR9) no one will stop then...

    April 21, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Reply

    i think inter did very well of winning 3-1 at home,thet are going to eliminate barca,

    April 21, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  149. Abhinandan Reddy

    The translator decoded the new boss, and is on his way to Manchester in 2011.

    April 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  150. real football analyst

    ok...1..mourino is tactically greater coach compared to guardoila..
    2.the tie is very much open with inter nidin @ list a goal to go thru..
    3..no 1 expctd messi 2 perform as he was bound to b shackeld by mo dan 1 defenda.
    4.inta witout doubt had d home advantage which barca wil av nxt
    5.d ref was preetty fair
    6.two unreplied goals shud do d trick

    April 21, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  151. P_xektor

    Take it easy,dunno barca can make it @ camp nou

    April 21, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Reply

    Mourinho is the man of the season

    April 21, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Reply
  153. Ogbe inhim Bright

    It is really unfortunate dat barca lose. But I stil blive barca can bounce back. It so painful cos core barca fan.

    April 21, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  154. Sayo

    Let's wait for d next match

    April 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  155. Dell

    Hey Barca, Inter'l is not academy-Arsenal, when you talk about football it's all about men's not kids play...History always repeat its self . Mourinho is the best

    April 21, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  156. beny

    Many people forget that its only the second year of Guardiola in a high level , How many Mou has ? ....,
    The second leg will be in any case a dramatic end for both ,
    Come on Barca.

    April 21, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Reply
  157. Juan Pablo (Bolivia)

    I`m a Barca fan and obviously think that the squad has the skills, guts and football to overcome yesterdays defeat. Mourinho is a great coach but to make comparisons you should give Pep at least 8 years (mourinho is 47 and pep 39) so he can have the same age and just until then see who is the most capable coach and who achieved what. As for the match on the 29th I have no doubt: barca 3 inter nil.

    April 21, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Reply
  158. Robb

    Let just wait and see the second leg before we pass judgement, i know barca will try thier best to salvage the situation up barca

    April 21, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  159. Ifeanyi

    Vintage mourinho

    April 21, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  160. Bello Precious

    Mourinho ws d 'special one' in England,now he is proving to the world that he is the 'golden one' in Italy.Guadiola and others should follow suit cos it's not a big team that makes a great coach but a great coach dat makes a big team.

    April 21, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  161. Abdol

    Most people who speak against Barcelona are chelsea, man u and arsenal fans. Please let us wait for the return league and stop shouting

    April 21, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  162. Fatima lagos

    I pray 2 almighty GOD 4 inter success.i dont like barca at all,cos their fans make too much mouth,i want dem 2 knw dat everyday is not christmas.

    April 21, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  163. Ryan Saliddin

    Let us see, , , Barca has homeground advantage, they got away goals advantage as well, the defensive end must be fortified as strong as the offense in the upcoming leg. Im a Barca fan, I admire Pep's greatness in coaching, and ever since Pep was in charge there were lesser dissapointments in Barcelona's key games as the world has witnessed Barcelona lifting 6 trophies. That says it all. And so far this season he has been doing great too.

    We would either lose badly or win dramatically in a magical way like that of the Arsenal game. But on the other hand, Jose Mourinho is truly a genius and is the "Special One" with a great squad who seemingly learned their lesson from the previous 2-0 Barca win in the early group stages. This is football anything can happen!

    Visca La Barca!

    April 21, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  164. Uchenna

    Pep has a gud team but when d special one is involved anything can happen.i see inter going all the way 2d final and lifting d throphy

    April 21, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  165. cris

    Barca looked like a team that travelled 14 hours by bus to come play a high energy game. Looking at Inter was just like looking at Chelsea under both Mourinho and Hiddink. They played deep in their own half, defended feverishly and counter-attacked with long balls. It wasn't a great display by Inter just a surprising one and principally because Barca conceded to challenges too easily. I think Guardiola should have opted for Toure and Abidal as starters since Busquets doesn't have the muscle and Maxwell lacks the pace to cover Eto'o. Those two players would have improved Barca. Come next week in the Nou Camp Barca will demolish Inter who will defend and counter just the same way.

    April 21, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  166. Mukhtar journalist

    Yes Yes now with what had happen yesterday b/w inter and barce ,l love to see morinho deat barce again when the second leg is resume at camp nou in spain and that everybody should know morinho is the master of any coach all over world and accualy morinho can take any club in the world, like real madrid i know when he came to madrid any thing will going okay....

    April 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  167. adam

    forza inter,2nd leg will b tough sure but inter is progressing.mourinho is a great tactician.

    April 21, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  168. AbdulLatif

    barca will win belive me inter can't do any thing in the camp nou

    April 21, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  169. jose 31

    We knew at Chelsea that our loss was someones else's gain.
    Mourinho is the Special one and if there is a Manager on the planet to get a draw or a defeat by just 1 goal or even win at the Neu Camp, that man is Jose Mourinho.
    Roman you are an egotistical idiot of the highest order, look what you threw away you nutter!!!!!!!!! Some how I hope Mourinho returns to Chelsea

    April 21, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  170. Chima stanley

    thnks 2 moriho,he proved dat he is de spacial one, he must be spacial 2 wine barca. Spacial thnks 2de GUNNER'S fans, upupup GUNNERS 4REAL 4LIFE and 4EVER.

    April 21, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  171. micholle

    i'm a stonch arsenal fans. but i still believe on gadiola he is a man of home crowd. morinho will suffer at nou camp.

    April 21, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  172. Chinedu

    Muriho is good more greese to his elbow

    April 21, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  173. Emmanuel opio

    Mourinho is agangster so turns away no chance of blowing your brains off,i think Barca should just prepare their backup team otherwise things won't be easy..but remember nothing is obvious in Football

    April 22, 2010 at 1:03 am | Reply
  174. Ashogbon oluwaseyi

    Mourinho you are wonderful.what a real man with a nice decision.you can do it again. Big up inter.

    April 22, 2010 at 3:17 am | Reply
  175. joe torru

    from my own view i will like,to see inter,winning that game,and i also want them to lift the trophy.

    April 22, 2010 at 7:49 am | Reply
  176. Nwogbe

    Mourihno is d best. Pls we want u back at stanfordbridge. Go win d trophy.

    April 22, 2010 at 8:08 am | Reply
  177. CH Amkhonoh

    Watching Barca Play inter this week was real good game. But one must give credit to the special one , jose mourinho for changing the game so fast in favour of inter. I think very few coaches in the world can match the charisma and professionalism of jose Mourinho in football.

    Belief me inter will beat barca at Nou Camp.

    April 22, 2010 at 9:22 am | Reply
  178. Agu melitus

    I acknowledge pep as of the tactiful coach but i abhor the fallacy from barca fans that they must retail their trophy. Jose bravo the trophy is urs.

    April 22, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  179. chris

    Pep u'v done well but this time it has to go to Inter cos Mourinho is in charge.

    April 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  180. Majeed Balogun

    In the build-up to the first leg, I said the 'Special One' would stun soccer lovers and pundits. This has come to pass but it is not yet over. Remember the Italian football is defensive and most of the Inter defenders/midfielders are either from Brazil or Argentina hence Messi was effectively caged. At home, Barca will win the second leg but qualification belongs to Inter.

    April 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  181. Bezai

    The Great one has to learn from the Master. He has ended Barca dreams. He is a good coach and that has earn him the champions league trophy. He's got the verve.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Reply
  182. mindorenya

    oftentimes, the Master lords over the Great.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:00 am | Reply
  183. marc

    Hmmm, do we have some real inter fans here or some imposters and fake fans, who belong to english teams knocked out by Barca? Mourinho is a very good coach, but with all the time he spent at chelsea he failed to win the champ league, ask yourselves that question first don't just shout he is a good coach, in these events luck also plays a very big part, maybe chelsea was not destined to win the champ league, you never know, if someone tells me that inter are more hungrier for the title, i would agree, since they've not won it for a long time, but they are not a team of the future, looking beyond i dont see them overcoming Man u next season, a great coach will be rewarded with a trophy, lets wait and see.

    April 23, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  184. Michael

    Inter will still try to score but also shut down Barca, so Inter will have to use the exact same strategy (minus Balotelli) as it did at the San Siro. The only question is whether the home field advantage and a week of preparation will allow Barca a 2 or 3 goal advantage. The answer: probably yes. Barca has beaten Arsenal, Stuttgart and Internazionale itself, this year at home in the Champions league, all by scores (4-1, 4-0 and 2-0 respectively) that would get them to Madrid.

    April 23, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  185. Engr. Nnodim

    In Nou camp Barça will discover dat Inter plays wit 7 goalkeepers.
    Ceasear,Maicon, Walter, Zanetti, Matterazzi, Lucio, Cambiasso. Gudluck d special one

    April 23, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Reply
  186. victorino

    Mourinho will outsmart Barcelona just like in the first leg! Barcelona will not be able to breakdown that Inter defence to score more than one goal!

    April 24, 2010 at 4:03 am | Reply
  187. FRANCIS


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  188. Peter

    Morinho is the best coach of all time becos of his aggressiveness towards every game he is playing. He is the great one!

    April 25, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  189. Pavol

    Mourinho is Special One, no one can oppose that fact. If there is anybody who can produce exceptional strategy and motivate the team to reach the goal – it is Mourinho and no one else !

    However, if you objectively compare the quality of the teams and concrete players on their positions, you must conclude that Barca has quite better team. Team that is abnormally full of talent, creativness and taste for success.

    And you know, the trainer can prepare strategy but cannot go to stadium and play the fotball instead of players.

    That is why I think Barca will win the semi and will play the final on Santiago Bernabeu Stadium – how sweet that will be for fans of Barca – play final on home stadium of their most important rival !

    April 26, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  190. Bolanle Olukayode

    I expect Lucio and his compatriots to share at least 2 red cards amongst themselves with their characteristics hard play. This tie is not over until after the next 90mins.

    April 26, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  191. Azed

    Expect d unexpected at camp nou cos barca d bst club in d universe.barca 4 life.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Reply
  192. Adiel

    Am sorry for Mourinhoz fan because the world club champions are about to make history by using him as a stepping stone. At Camp Nou, no mercy will be shown by MESSI

    April 26, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Reply
  193. Kingsley

    It will be a tough match though, but I dont think Mourinho will loose this time around...He has gone too far...Judging by Inter defence and their tactics Barca will find it very difficult to make it to the final...They have their former guy Eto o to content with...The guy has been like a torn in their flesh in the last match...He is just everywhere...I see Eto o scoring tomorow...Anyway it will be and interesting match and I dont think am going to miss it..

    April 27, 2010 at 6:58 am | Reply
  194. fred

    Against Chelsea he said he had palyed d away match but going home to stanford bridge was d home match.

    against barca he said he had a surprise 4 dem and he left many gasping 4 air wat else can u expect SIR JOSE 4 d treble

    April 27, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  195. Emmanuel

    Inter should struggle to win the second leg bcs it it will be a g00d challange to barca

    April 27, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  196. Hassan lasisi

    Mourinho you have don't it before,so go and do it again.i know we will pop up champaine after the end of 90mins.cheers

    April 28, 2010 at 7:03 am | Reply
  197. Shittu olakunle

    Barca is a goodside but inter has taken the lead in the first leg which has given inter the edge over barca.kudos to jose mourinho and his team up inter

    April 28, 2010 at 10:47 am | Reply
  198. Ron Eastman

    i think jose is the best coach on the planet dont 4get the turnaround of my number club in world football Chelsea, dont 4get that

    April 28, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  199. melvin alexander

    barca will defeat inter milan 4-0 mark my words .

    April 28, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  200. Natalia

    You were right luckily, now Barca will not be the champion in the Bernabeu.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:40 am | Reply
  201. Mac

    Bill Clinton doesn't know anything about soccer. Yes, you do need a good defense, but you also need a good goalie, mid-fielders, and offense! If you only have good defenders than you will never get the ball in the net with bad offenders!

    May 19, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Reply

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