Recent football history has been littered with high profile clashes between Jose Mourinho and FC Barcelona. There were the unforgettable Chelsea matches in the middle of the decade, and the more recent Champions League semi-final tie from last season around which debate still smolders. And while Pep Guardiola, like Frank Rijkaard before him, has been reserved about being in the limelight, Mourinho has done exactly the opposite with his provocative statements in the media and infuriating public gestures. Last season, when Mourinho danced defiantly on the Camp Nou pitch after eliminating Barcelona from the Champions League, he sealed in the hearts of every cule a loathing reserved for truly special opponents.
And that was precisely his goal.