Most players can only dream about fine tuning their skills with the tactical masterminds that are Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho. For the following nine players, that dream was a reality and in some cases a nightmare...
Arjen Robben (Netherlands): The Benjamin Button of world football showed signs of what was to come when Mourinho was still the darling of the Premier League. By the time Pep took the reins at Bayern, the tricky Dutchman was already a world-class winger. G
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden): Ibra played some of his best football while with Mou at Inter before making a big-money move to Barca. “If Mourinho brightens up the room, Guardiola pulls down the curtains", he has said of the two. Getty
Xabi Alonso (Spain): The sophisticated Spaniard was one of the first names on the Real Madrid and Bayern Munich teamsheets when both coaches were in charge. Getty
Deco (Portugal): The Brazilian-born midfielder was a marked man when Pep replaced Rijkaard at Baraca and effectively forced out of the club. His time with Mourinho at Porto, where he won the Champions League, was a lot more enjoyable. Getty.
Cesc Fabregas (Spain): Many Chelsea fans believe Cesc was the ringleader behind the Stamford Bridge mutiny that led to the Special One’s second sacking from the London club. Cesc forged a better bond with Guardiola despite flattering to deceive at Barca.
Eidur Gudjohnsen (Iceland): Spells with Chelsea and Barca mean the veteran striker is well placed to discuss the differences between both managers. "Pep is more timid and doesn’t like confrontation. Mourinho is more chest-out’. Getty
Maxwell (Brazil): The South American journeyman came to Barcelona’s attention while winning titles with Mourinho’s Inter. Although just a bit part player at the Camp Nou, Maxwell was highly regarded by LaLiga boffins and cules alike. Sport.
Pedro (Spain): So reliable was the second string striker during his Barca playing days that Pep had this to say about him: "If Pedro was Brazilian, we couldn’t afford him." His brief spell at Chelsea under Mou was far less fruitful though.
Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon): Despite Eto’o’s unquestionable talent, Guardiola sold him to Inter to make way for Ibrahimovic. The African marksman was an instant hit with Mou’s Nerazzurri, winning the treble and dumping Barca out of Europe. Getty