Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has seemingly continued his long feud with Pep Guardiola, stating that anyone could reach the Champions League final with Lionel Messi.
Speaking after his team was almost single-handedly defeated by Messi in the Nou Camp, Bayern Munich manager Guardiola stated that there is nothing you can do to stop the brilliant Argentinian.
Having already said that there are ways to stop Messi - and doing so plenty of times himself - Mourinho appeared to take a dig at Guardiola's stellar record, by pointing out he was fortunate to have Messi in his team.
Bayern Munich are on the brink of a second successive Champions League semi-final exit, whilst at Barcelona Guardiola won the competition twice in three years.
"One thing is a team. Another thing is a team with Messi, it’s a different story," said Mourinho, spelling out just how decisive Messi was. "He played a Champions League final with Guardiola [2009 and 2011].
"He – normally – is playing a Champions League final with Luis Enrique . And if one day he plays for Anthony [Portuguese for 'Joe Bloggs'], Anthony will go to a Champions League final with him.
"So when people analyse teams, you have to remember that this boy makes everything different, he makes everything different."
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