The rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola is one of the greatest managerial rivalries to be witnessed in modern day football. Filled with controversy, both these coaches have exchanged verbal blows to-and-fro throughout their managerial careers.
However, their rivalry is not just limited to the football field as it has been revealed by Manchester United star Juan Mata's father that both these coaches absolutely love visiting his Spanish restaurant in Manchester.
AS reveal Mata senior's interview with Cadena Cope in which he explained the challenges of being an owner of the Tapeo and Wine restaurant in Deansgate especially relating to Guardiola and Mourinho, till the time he was in Manchester.
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Mata's father stated, "Pep Guardiola comes here lots. He brings his family and they enjoy it here."
Talking about what happens when Jose Mourinho and Guardiola are at the restaurant at the same time, Mata Sr stated, "Jose Mourinho came at least once a fortnight. When they were both here at the same time I ensured that they didn't meet, and I put them in separate private rooms."
Mata Sr also went on to reveal the reason why Guardiola does not visit his restaurant much anymore as he has opened his own outlet 'Tast Catala' since the summer of 2018.
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"Guardiola has a very nice restaurant in Manchester, but it is in a different style to ours. More Catalan," Mata explained.
Not only does his son pop in for some dinner from time to time, but also teammates including fellow Spaniards David de Gea and Ander Herrera are also regular customers. Mata concluded by stating, "It's like a little bit of Spain in Manchester."