A giant mural showing Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho kissing each other has been spotted at a music festival in Barcelona.
The two managerial legends have been immortalized in the huge painting at the Primavera Sound Festival in the Spanish city, parodying the iconic mural of politicians Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker at the Berlin Wall. The music festival began on June 1 and ran for 11 days through until Sunday, with the mural now going viral on social media.
It shows Mourinho and Guardiola locking lips on a blue background along with the phrase “My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love,” just as in the mural it parodies.
One fan reacted to the mural by commenting: “Two quality managers embracing the love of football!!”
Guardiola has faced Mourinho a total of 25 times during his managerial career, more times than any other manager that he has faced with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.
He has won 12 of those meetings, drawing six and losing seven of the remaining 13, with the pair most recently meeting in February last year when City beat Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur side 3-0.
Both managers are currently preparing for the new season with their respective clubs. Guardiola is heading into his seventh season with City, fresh from winning his fourth title in England.
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City’s transfer business has also already begun, with the signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund finally confirmed on Monday morning.
Meanwhile, Guardiola reportedly remains keen on Leeds United and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips as City plot a bid for the 26-year-old.
As for Mourinho, he is going into his second season with Italian side Roma, fresh from winning the Europa Conference League in his maiden campaign. It was the club’s first European trophy for 61 years.
Roma are understood to be on the verge of signing Nemanja Matic on a free transfer ahead of his impending exit from Manchester United. The deal would mark the third time that Mourinho has signed the Serbian midfielder during his career.