Eto’o aims sly dig at Guardiola & Mourinho hails Aragones
Former Barcelona forward Samuel Eto’o has aimed a sly dig at Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho while he heaps praise on Luis Aragones
Eto’o did not doubt Guardiola’s ability as a manager and he only respects him for being a good coach and that did not extend beyond his professional capacity of the ex-Barcelona manager.
Pep was Eto’o’s manager at Barcelona before his controversial move to Inter Milan to work under Jose Mourinho and he is in the best position to explain what both tacticians mean to him.
The Cameroonian forward explained that he likes Guardiola as a coach and nothing more.
“I love him as a coach, but not as a person,” Eto’o explained.
“I learned to play football with him. He interprets things better than anyone.
“He’s the best, but of course he loses matches.”
Eto’o also spoke about the Portuguese’s man-management of him.
“He left me a month on the bench for a month and made me warm up in injury time,” Eto’o recounted.
“In his head, he was pricking me to make me his own player. I talked to him in his office. It was what he wanted from me, to get back to my best level.
“I did. We won everything. We had a team of eleven warriors, we won differently.”??Luis Aragones’ impact on Spanish football can’t be questioned and Eto’o only had glowing praise for the former Spain boss.
“If I had to stay with one coach it would have been Luis Aragones,” he said.
“He changed my life. We spoke in his office at Mallorca and it totally changed my life as a player.
“He called me and said ‘Samuel, you’ve done everything with Mallorca but now it’s time to go to a big club, where your level really is’.
“He saw things in a way that I didn’t. He was unique, knew to play with personality. If I become a coach it would be a great honour to resemble him.”
Eto’o went on to play for Mourinho again at Chelsea during the twilight of his career.