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El Barcelona perdió 2-1 en su visita a un defensivo y ordenado Celtic de Glasgow.

El atacante argentino del FC Barcelona Lionel Messi (C) remata sobre la portería del Celtic de Glasgow, en partido del grupo G de la Liga de Campeones jugado el 7 de noviembre de 2012 en Glasgow. (AFP | ian macnicol)

La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona vs Sevilla

Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona vs Sevilla - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - November 4, 2017 Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo REUTERS/Albert Gea

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 file photo, Villarreal coach Marcelino Garcia Toral from Spain looks on before their La Liga soccer match against Real Madrid at the Madrigal stadium in Villarreal, Spain. Valencia will face a tough test away from home on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 when it plays at an Eibar side that hasn’t lost in its last four home games. Valencia is second in the Spanish league behind Barcelona. Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral said his team has a deep enough squad to overcome the absences of Zaza and Soler. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz, file)

De quanto o Barcelona vence o La Coruña? Não perca as barbadas da 16ª rodada do Campeonato Espanhol!

Time catalão segue dominando a liga da Espanha e deve mais uma vez atropelar seu adversário no próximo domingo (17). Veja como lucrar com isso! Quando a temporada europeia começou em agosto, muitas pessoas questionavam a força do Barcelona após a conturbada saída de Neymar. Quanta ingenuidade! Qualquer time é franco favorito a tudo que disputar quando o gênio Lionel Messi está em campo. O Barça domina o Campeonato Espanhol de tal forma que nem está dando graça: segue invicto e com cinco pontos de vantagem para o segundo colocado.

LigaMX & MLS Champions & A Big Ol' Tifo

Christmas came early this week with the Champions League knockout round draw. Tasty matchups like Real Madrid-PSG & Chelsea vs Barcelona promise instant classics, while Juventus, Man United & Man City all draw first-time opponents. In North America, Mexican rivals Monterrey & Tigres fought for the Liga MX title, while Toronto FC sought revenge over Seattle in a repeat MLS Cup. Argentinians show off huge stadium display, and for the love of Mohammed, stop sleeping on Salah!

LigaMX & MLS Champions & A Big Ol' Tifo

Christmas came early this week with the Champions League knockout round draw. Tasty matchups like Real Madrid-PSG & Chelsea vs Barcelona promise instant classics, while Juventus, Man United & Man City all draw first-time opponents. In North America, Mexican rivals Monterrey & Tigres fought for the Liga MX title, while Toronto FC sought revenge over Seattle in a repeat MLS Cup. Argentinians show off huge stadium display, and for the love of Mohammed, stop sleeping on Salah!

LigaMX & MLS Champions & A Big Ol' Tifo

Christmas came early this week with the Champions League knockout round draw. Tasty matchups like Real Madrid-PSG & Chelsea vs Barcelona promise instant classics, while Juventus, Man United & Man City all draw first-time opponents. In North America, Mexican rivals Monterrey & Tigres fought for the Liga MX title, while Toronto FC sought revenge over Seattle in a repeat MLS Cup. Argentinians show off huge stadium display, and for the love of Mohammed, stop sleeping on Salah!

LigaMX & MLS Champions & A Big Ol' Tifo

Christmas came early this week with the Champions League knockout round draw. Tasty matchups like Real Madrid-PSG & Chelsea vs Barcelona promise instant classics, while Juventus, Man United & Man City all draw first-time opponents. In North America, Mexican rivals Monterrey & Tigres fought for the Liga MX title, while Toronto FC sought revenge over Seattle in a repeat MLS Cup. Argentinians show off huge stadium display, and for the love of Mohammed, stop sleeping on Salah!

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during their Spanish La Liga match against Villarreal, at La Ceramica stadium in Vila-real, on December 10, 2017

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during their Spanish La Liga match against Villarreal, at La Ceramica stadium in Vila-real, on December 10, 2017

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during their Spanish La Liga match against Villarreal, at La Ceramica stadium in Vila-real, on December 10, 2017 (AFP Photo/JOSE JORDAN)

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during their Spanish La Liga match against Villarreal, at La Ceramica stadium in Vila-real, on December 10, 2017

VIDEO: Jadwal La Liga Pekan ke-16, Barcelona Ditantang Deportivo La Coruna

Berita video jadwal La Liga 2017-2018 pekan ke-16. Barcelona akan ditantang klub papan bawah, Deportivo La Coruna.

La Liga Santander - Villarreal vs FC Barcelona

Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Villarreal vs FC Barcelona - Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal, Spain - December 10, 2017 Barcelona team group before the match REUTERS/Heino Kalis

Neymar en el 2017

Su llegada a PSG estuvo inmersa de polémica. Se le criticó de “mercernario” por dejar al Barcelona por ir a una liga como la francesa a cambio una cantidad millonaria.
(AFP Photo/FRANCK FIFE)

La Liga – Real Madrid

Real Madrid logró superar en esta larga carrera a su eterno rival, FC Barcelona, y a un complicado Atlético Madrid que se ha convertido en un nuevo competidor por La Liga. Zidane pudo, en muchas ocasiones, preservar sus titulares y jugar con un cuadro alternativo. Sin embargo, al final de la temporada los Merengues se quedaron con el título. /Foto: Goal.com

FanView: Why Atletico Madrid Should Now Be Considered Genuine La Liga Title Contenders

​There was something reassuringly familiar about Atletico Madrid on Sunday. It was peak Diego Simeone, if you will, a vintage Los Colchoneros display. They left Andalusia 1-0 winners over Real Betis, having had just 26% of the ball and completed just over 150 passes. In a way, it was unconvincing, but then Atletico have been doing this for years. This season, there had been suggestions that they had lost their edge. Only a couple of weeks ago, Barcelona looked out of sight at the top of La...

FanView: Why Atletico Madrid Should Now Be Considered Genuine La Liga Title Contenders

​There was something reassuringly familiar about Atletico Madrid on Sunday. It was peak Diego Simeone, if you will, a vintage Los Colchoneros display. They left Andalusia 1-0 winners over Real Betis, having had just 26% of the ball and completed just over 150 passes. In a way, it was unconvincing, but then Atletico have been doing this for years. This season, there had been suggestions that they had lost their edge. Only a couple of weeks ago, Barcelona looked out of sight at the top of La...

FanView: Why Atletico Madrid Should Now Be Considered Genuine La Liga Title Contenders

​There was something reassuringly familiar about Atletico Madrid on Sunday. It was peak Diego Simeone, if you will, a vintage Los Colchoneros display. They left Andalusia 1-0 winners over Real Betis, having had just 26% of the ball and completed just over 150 passes. In a way, it was unconvincing, but then Atletico have been doing this for years. This season, there had been suggestions that they had lost their edge. Only a couple of weeks ago, Barcelona looked out of sight at the top of La...

FanView: Why Atletico Madrid Should Now Be Considered Genuine La Liga Title Contenders

​There was something reassuringly familiar about Atletico Madrid on Sunday. It was peak Diego Simeone, if you will, a vintage Los Colchoneros display. They left Andalusia 1-0 winners over Real Betis, having had just 26% of the ball and completed just over 150 passes. In a way, it was unconvincing, but then Atletico have been doing this for years. This season, there had been suggestions that they had lost their edge. Only a couple of weeks ago, Barcelona looked out of sight at the top of La...

La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona vs Malaga CF

Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona vs Malaga CF - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - October 21, 2017 Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Albert Gea

Imagen de archivo del jugador de Barcelona Javier Mascherano

El futbolista argentino del Barcelona Javier Mascherano durante un partido de la liga española contra Sporting Gijón en el estadio Camp Nou, Barcelona, España, 1 de marzo de 2017. Imagen de archivo. REUTERS/Albert Gea

La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona vs Malaga CF

Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta celebrates scoring their second goal. REUTERS/Albert Gea

La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona vs Malaga CF

Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona vs Malaga CF - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - October 21, 2017 Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta celebrates scoring their second goal. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Premier League managers who actually liked each other  

The world of Premier League football can be a cold and unforgiving place.  Fickle fans, trigger-happy chairmen and unforgiving media all combine to make the life of a manager a very, very lonely one. All the more surprising, then, that managers do not tend to seek solace in one another, to crave comfort in the shared knowledge that their time could be up at any point. Antonio Conte claimed it was impossible, in the fierce, dog-eat-dog world of Premier League football, to have any kind of friendship with rival managers.  Asked recently if he was friends with any managers in the Premier League, Conte said: “Honestly, not now, no. Before, I had a really good relationship with Claudio Ranieri and after the awards for the best coach and the best player at Fifa, we went for a dinner with our wives. Rival managers tend to interact on a default level of suspicion and antagonism  Credit: AFP  “But I think it’s very difficult to speak about ‘friendship’ with other coaches because then they become an opponent. You can have respect, for the job and the work, but to speak about friendship is difficult.” Once friends and colleagues at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho's ongoing rivalry highlights how the pressures of elite-level management can corrode the bond that connects two people. While it may prove 'difficult' for managers to maintain their friendships, there are still a number of examples that offer hope for the triumph of love over hate.  Jurgen Klopp and David Wagner  The original Premier League-manager bromance.  Having struck up a 'lifelong' friendship in 1991, Klopp asked Wagner to be the best man at his wedding in 2004. Wagner even organised Klopp's stag-do, disguising the then Bundesliga manager as Santa Claus. "In Germany, we have a Christmas market and in Mainz, they have one of the biggest Christmas markets in Germany," said Wagner, recalling the stag-do. David Wagner (left) and Jurgen Klopp (middle) celebrate Mainz's win over 1860 Munich  Credit: Liverpool FC handout  "We put Santa Claus masks on us and there were 25 Santa Clauses, because Jurgen was not able to go in the Christmas market as a normal person. But everybody recognised that here was a group to join Klopp to celebrate!" Klopp and Wagner's relationship is the most current example of friendship transcending footballing ties. Ahead of their first meeting as opposing managers earlier this season, Klopp admitted he 'cried like a baby' when Wagner secured promotion to the Premier League in May. "I was in the South of France at a friends' house and we watched it on television," said Klopp, who decided not to go watch the play-off final at Wembley for fear of becoming a distraction.  Friends reunited. Jurgen Klopp and David Wagner embrace before Liverpool's clash with Huddersfield Credit: Getty Images  "He asked me if I wanted to come, but I feel a little bit sorry for him as I really think he is big and strong enough, and what he has achieved so far is big enough, so nobody has to mention he is best man of Klopp. "I did not want to come in the stadium and have one camera on me and see how I react when he should be, or his team, in the middle of all interest. "I was nervous like hell. And afterwards, Ulla (Klopp's wife) sent him a video of me crying like a baby when it happened, the final penalty, as I could not stop." Jose Mourinho and Aitor Karanka Mourinho and Karanka forged a close personal relationship during the three seasons the pair spent together at Real Madrid. After Karanka was sacked as Middlesbrough earlier this year, the Manchester United manager was vocal in criticism of the Boro board's decision to dismiss the former Madrid coach, despite guiding the Teeside club to the Premier League. Mourinho gave a passionate defence of his friend and former colleague after his Manchester United side secured a 3-1 win over Middlesbrough - just days after Karanka's sacking. Jose Mourinho and Aitor Karanka duet during Real Madrid's 2012 La Liga celebrations  Credit: AP  "Aitor, he came here, 8,000/10,000 people in the stadium, almost went into the League One, then stays in the division, goes to the play-off final, could leave the club, decides to stay, gets promotion. "He could leave the club (because I know what I'm saying), could leave for better (and I know what I'm saying), but he stays, he stays for the fans, he stays for the owner, he stays for the players. "He lost the opportunity to go to a bigger club (I repeat: I know what I'm saying), and in the end he loses his job. Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman As graduates from Johan Cruyff's school of coaching philosophy, Guardiola and Koeman are two like-minded managers who enjoy a close relationship on and off the pitch.  The pair roomed together as players at Barcelona, with Guardiola insistent the period played a huge role in his footballing education. Ronaldo Koeman (back row centre) and Pep Guardiola (front row centre) have been friends since their playing days at Barcelona  Credit: Reuters  "When Ronald needed water, he'd wake up to water from me. I was younger so I looked up to him. He was not just a room-mate, we spent a lot of time together and he was so generous. Not just on the pitch but off it too - I learned a lot from looking at him."  Koeman, who is currently out of work having been sacked as Everton manager earlier this season, says they still meet up to talk tactics and reminisce on old times. Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman were roommates as Barcelona players  Credit: Getty Images  "He doesn't pick my brains now. When we have dinner together we speak about nice stories from our time together at Barcelona. The dynamic is different. Now he is maybe the best manager," said Koeman. "We have a really strong friendship. Now it's a bit easier because he's living in Manchester and I live close to Manchester, so sometimes we have time for dinner and to talk about football and life. We have spent many hours together, talking football." Jose Mourinho and Marco Silva Jose Mourinho embraces Marco Silva during his time in charge of Hull Credit: Getty Images  Already being billed as the next Jose Mourinho, it seems the Manchester United manager has taken a personal interest in the Watford manager by taking his countryman under his wing. “The fixture is a good opportunity for me to spend a little bit of time with him. Our relationship is very good. We are friends. OK, our lives now mean we don’t see each other often, but he is a very good person and we exchange texts. “Before the game we will talk a little bit with each other but once the match starts it is Watford against Manchester United and I want to win. I want to get another result.” Silva was still playing domestic football in Portugal when Mourinho was making his name as a coach with Porto and the Hornets manager recently revealed his mentor offered him advice on working in the Premier League. Jose Mourinho gave Marco Silva advice on managing in England  Credit: Getty Images  “When I wanted to know something about the Premier League when I was in Portugal or when I was in Greece the best person to talk to was Jose," said Silva.  “He told me what you would expect, good things about the competition, the Premier League, the matches as well. “Ok our life permits you don’t see each other many, many times but he is a very good person and tomorrow he is my opponent.

Premier League managers who actually liked each other  

The world of Premier League football can be a cold and unforgiving place.  Fickle fans, trigger-happy chairmen and unforgiving media all combine to make the life of a manager a very, very lonely one. All the more surprising, then, that managers do not tend to seek solace in one another, to crave comfort in the shared knowledge that their time could be up at any point. Antonio Conte claimed it was impossible, in the fierce, dog-eat-dog world of Premier League football, to have any kind of friendship with rival managers.  Asked recently if he was friends with any managers in the Premier League, Conte said: “Honestly, not now, no. Before, I had a really good relationship with Claudio Ranieri and after the awards for the best coach and the best player at Fifa, we went for a dinner with our wives. Rival managers tend to interact on a default level of suspicion and antagonism  Credit: AFP  “But I think it’s very difficult to speak about ‘friendship’ with other coaches because then they become an opponent. You can have respect, for the job and the work, but to speak about friendship is difficult.” Once friends and colleagues at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho's ongoing rivalry highlights how the pressures of elite-level management can corrode the bond that connects two people. While it may prove 'difficult' for managers to maintain their friendships, there are still a number of examples that offer hope for the triumph of love over hate.  Jurgen Klopp and David Wagner  The original Premier League-manager bromance.  Having struck up a 'lifelong' friendship in 1991, Klopp asked Wagner to be the best man at his wedding in 2004. Wagner even organised Klopp's stag-do, disguising the then Bundesliga manager as Santa Claus. "In Germany, we have a Christmas market and in Mainz, they have one of the biggest Christmas markets in Germany," said Wagner, recalling the stag-do. David Wagner (left) and Jurgen Klopp (middle) celebrate Mainz's win over 1860 Munich  Credit: Liverpool FC handout  "We put Santa Claus masks on us and there were 25 Santa Clauses, because Jurgen was not able to go in the Christmas market as a normal person. But everybody recognised that here was a group to join Klopp to celebrate!" Klopp and Wagner's relationship is the most current example of friendship transcending footballing ties. Ahead of their first meeting as opposing managers earlier this season, Klopp admitted he 'cried like a baby' when Wagner secured promotion to the Premier League in May. "I was in the South of France at a friends' house and we watched it on television," said Klopp, who decided not to go watch the play-off final at Wembley for fear of becoming a distraction.  Friends reunited. Jurgen Klopp and David Wagner embrace before Liverpool's clash with Huddersfield Credit: Getty Images  "He asked me if I wanted to come, but I feel a little bit sorry for him as I really think he is big and strong enough, and what he has achieved so far is big enough, so nobody has to mention he is best man of Klopp. "I did not want to come in the stadium and have one camera on me and see how I react when he should be, or his team, in the middle of all interest. "I was nervous like hell. And afterwards, Ulla (Klopp's wife) sent him a video of me crying like a baby when it happened, the final penalty, as I could not stop." Jose Mourinho and Aitor Karanka Mourinho and Karanka forged a close personal relationship during the three seasons the pair spent together at Real Madrid. After Karanka was sacked as Middlesbrough earlier this year, the Manchester United manager was vocal in criticism of the Boro board's decision to dismiss the former Madrid coach, despite guiding the Teeside club to the Premier League. Mourinho gave a passionate defence of his friend and former colleague after his Manchester United side secured a 3-1 win over Middlesbrough - just days after Karanka's sacking. Jose Mourinho and Aitor Karanka duet during Real Madrid's 2012 La Liga celebrations  Credit: AP  "Aitor, he came here, 8,000/10,000 people in the stadium, almost went into the League One, then stays in the division, goes to the play-off final, could leave the club, decides to stay, gets promotion. "He could leave the club (because I know what I'm saying), could leave for better (and I know what I'm saying), but he stays, he stays for the fans, he stays for the owner, he stays for the players. "He lost the opportunity to go to a bigger club (I repeat: I know what I'm saying), and in the end he loses his job. Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman As graduates from Johan Cruyff's school of coaching philosophy, Guardiola and Koeman are two like-minded managers who enjoy a close relationship on and off the pitch.  The pair roomed together as players at Barcelona, with Guardiola insistent the period played a huge role in his footballing education. Ronaldo Koeman (back row centre) and Pep Guardiola (front row centre) have been friends since their playing days at Barcelona  Credit: Reuters  "When Ronald needed water, he'd wake up to water from me. I was younger so I looked up to him. He was not just a room-mate, we spent a lot of time together and he was so generous. Not just on the pitch but off it too - I learned a lot from looking at him."  Koeman, who is currently out of work having been sacked as Everton manager earlier this season, says they still meet up to talk tactics and reminisce on old times. Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman were roommates as Barcelona players  Credit: Getty Images  "He doesn't pick my brains now. When we have dinner together we speak about nice stories from our time together at Barcelona. The dynamic is different. Now he is maybe the best manager," said Koeman. "We have a really strong friendship. Now it's a bit easier because he's living in Manchester and I live close to Manchester, so sometimes we have time for dinner and to talk about football and life. We have spent many hours together, talking football." Jose Mourinho and Marco Silva Jose Mourinho embraces Marco Silva during his time in charge of Hull Credit: Getty Images  Already being billed as the next Jose Mourinho, it seems the Manchester United manager has taken a personal interest in the Watford manager by taking his countryman under his wing. “The fixture is a good opportunity for me to spend a little bit of time with him. Our relationship is very good. We are friends. OK, our lives now mean we don’t see each other often, but he is a very good person and we exchange texts. “Before the game we will talk a little bit with each other but once the match starts it is Watford against Manchester United and I want to win. I want to get another result.” Silva was still playing domestic football in Portugal when Mourinho was making his name as a coach with Porto and the Hornets manager recently revealed his mentor offered him advice on working in the Premier League. Jose Mourinho gave Marco Silva advice on managing in England  Credit: Getty Images  “When I wanted to know something about the Premier League when I was in Portugal or when I was in Greece the best person to talk to was Jose," said Silva.  “He told me what you would expect, good things about the competition, the Premier League, the matches as well. “Ok our life permits you don’t see each other many, many times but he is a very good person and tomorrow he is my opponent.

Premier League managers who actually liked each other  

The world of Premier League football can be a cold and unforgiving place.  Fickle fans, trigger-happy chairmen and unforgiving media all combine to make the life of a manager a very, very lonely one. All the more surprising, then, that managers do not tend to seek solace in one another, to crave comfort in the shared knowledge that their time could be up at any point. Antonio Conte claimed it was impossible, in the fierce, dog-eat-dog world of Premier League football, to have any kind of friendship with rival managers.  Asked recently if he was friends with any managers in the Premier League, Conte said: “Honestly, not now, no. Before, I had a really good relationship with Claudio Ranieri and after the awards for the best coach and the best player at Fifa, we went for a dinner with our wives. Rival managers tend to interact on a default level of suspicion and antagonism  Credit: AFP  “But I think it’s very difficult to speak about ‘friendship’ with other coaches because then they become an opponent. You can have respect, for the job and the work, but to speak about friendship is difficult.” Once friends and colleagues at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho's ongoing rivalry highlights how the pressures of elite-level management can corrode the bond that connects two people. While it may prove 'difficult' for managers to maintain their friendships, there are still a number of examples that offer hope for the triumph of love over hate.  Jurgen Klopp and David Wagner  The original Premier League-manager bromance.  Having struck up a 'lifelong' friendship in 1991, Klopp asked Wagner to be the best man at his wedding in 2004. Wagner even organised Klopp's stag-do, disguising the then Bundesliga manager as Santa Claus. "In Germany, we have a Christmas market and in Mainz, they have one of the biggest Christmas markets in Germany," said Wagner, recalling the stag-do. David Wagner (left) and Jurgen Klopp (middle) celebrate Mainz's win over 1860 Munich  Credit: Liverpool FC handout  "We put Santa Claus masks on us and there were 25 Santa Clauses, because Jurgen was not able to go in the Christmas market as a normal person. But everybody recognised that here was a group to join Klopp to celebrate!" Klopp and Wagner's relationship is the most current example of friendship transcending footballing ties. Ahead of their first meeting as opposing managers earlier this season, Klopp admitted he 'cried like a baby' when Wagner secured promotion to the Premier League in May. "I was in the South of France at a friends' house and we watched it on television," said Klopp, who decided not to go watch the play-off final at Wembley for fear of becoming a distraction.  Friends reunited. Jurgen Klopp and David Wagner embrace before Liverpool's clash with Huddersfield Credit: Getty Images  "He asked me if I wanted to come, but I feel a little bit sorry for him as I really think he is big and strong enough, and what he has achieved so far is big enough, so nobody has to mention he is best man of Klopp. "I did not want to come in the stadium and have one camera on me and see how I react when he should be, or his team, in the middle of all interest. "I was nervous like hell. And afterwards, Ulla (Klopp's wife) sent him a video of me crying like a baby when it happened, the final penalty, as I could not stop." Jose Mourinho and Aitor Karanka Mourinho and Karanka forged a close personal relationship during the three seasons the pair spent together at Real Madrid. After Karanka was sacked as Middlesbrough earlier this year, the Manchester United manager was vocal in criticism of the Boro board's decision to dismiss the former Madrid coach, despite guiding the Teeside club to the Premier League. Mourinho gave a passionate defence of his friend and former colleague after his Manchester United side secured a 3-1 win over Middlesbrough - just days after Karanka's sacking. Jose Mourinho and Aitor Karanka duet during Real Madrid's 2012 La Liga celebrations  Credit: AP  "Aitor, he came here, 8,000/10,000 people in the stadium, almost went into the League One, then stays in the division, goes to the play-off final, could leave the club, decides to stay, gets promotion. "He could leave the club (because I know what I'm saying), could leave for better (and I know what I'm saying), but he stays, he stays for the fans, he stays for the owner, he stays for the players. "He lost the opportunity to go to a bigger club (I repeat: I know what I'm saying), and in the end he loses his job. Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman As graduates from Johan Cruyff's school of coaching philosophy, Guardiola and Koeman are two like-minded managers who enjoy a close relationship on and off the pitch.  The pair roomed together as players at Barcelona, with Guardiola insistent the period played a huge role in his footballing education. Ronaldo Koeman (back row centre) and Pep Guardiola (front row centre) have been friends since their playing days at Barcelona  Credit: Reuters  "When Ronald needed water, he'd wake up to water from me. I was younger so I looked up to him. He was not just a room-mate, we spent a lot of time together and he was so generous. Not just on the pitch but off it too - I learned a lot from looking at him."  Koeman, who is currently out of work having been sacked as Everton manager earlier this season, says they still meet up to talk tactics and reminisce on old times. Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman were roommates as Barcelona players  Credit: Getty Images  "He doesn't pick my brains now. When we have dinner together we speak about nice stories from our time together at Barcelona. The dynamic is different. Now he is maybe the best manager," said Koeman. "We have a really strong friendship. Now it's a bit easier because he's living in Manchester and I live close to Manchester, so sometimes we have time for dinner and to talk about football and life. We have spent many hours together, talking football." Jose Mourinho and Marco Silva Jose Mourinho embraces Marco Silva during his time in charge of Hull Credit: Getty Images  Already being billed as the next Jose Mourinho, it seems the Manchester United manager has taken a personal interest in the Watford manager by taking his countryman under his wing. “The fixture is a good opportunity for me to spend a little bit of time with him. Our relationship is very good. We are friends. OK, our lives now mean we don’t see each other often, but he is a very good person and we exchange texts. “Before the game we will talk a little bit with each other but once the match starts it is Watford against Manchester United and I want to win. I want to get another result.” Silva was still playing domestic football in Portugal when Mourinho was making his name as a coach with Porto and the Hornets manager recently revealed his mentor offered him advice on working in the Premier League. Jose Mourinho gave Marco Silva advice on managing in England  Credit: Getty Images  “When I wanted to know something about the Premier League when I was in Portugal or when I was in Greece the best person to talk to was Jose," said Silva.  “He told me what you would expect, good things about the competition, the Premier League, the matches as well. “Ok our life permits you don’t see each other many, many times but he is a very good person and tomorrow he is my opponent.

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