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Pep Guardiola vs Jose Mourinho: Whose club was better in Europe?

The major European competition is towards its business end, with the tactical genius of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho guiding their clubs to the Champions League and Europa League finals. Guardiola’s final overcame a stern test against holders Real Madrid to book their final date against Inter Milan on June 11, while Mourinho’s AS Roma will take on Sevilla in the summit clash on June 1 after overcoming a dominant Bayer Leverkusen on aggregate.

Manchester City landed the deals of premier striker Erling Haaland (£19,500,0000), Kalvin Phillips (£7,800,000), Manuel Akanji (£9,360,000), Sergio Gomez (£2,600,000), and Máximo Perrone (£780,000), in in 2022-23. This season the Guardiola-managed side can land a treble after already becoming a three-peat Premier League Champions. It is, however, not the first time that Guardiola has guided Manchester City to the Champions League final, as they finished as runners-up in 2020-21. Notably, the Spanish tactician won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2008–09, 2010–11.

AS Roma, meanwhile, is hunting for a perfect record in the European competition under Mourinho after bagging the 2021-22 UEFA Conference League over Feyenoord. AS Roma had signed the likes of right-back Zeki Celik (£2,184,000), Mady Camara (on loan), Diego Llorente (on loan), Paulo Dybala (free transfer), Andrea Belotti (free transfer), Nemanja Matic (free transfer), Ola Solbakken (free transfer), Mile Svilar (free transfer) and Georginio Wijnaldum (on loan) for the 2022-23 season.

The highest-paid player in the Manchester Squad is their prolific midfielder Kevin de Bruyne. The Belgian star rakes up £20,800,000 as an annual fee and £400,000 in weekly wages. AS Roma’s prolific forward and World Cup winner Paulo Dybala makes £7,176,000 and has a weekly wage of £138,000.

The Manchester City playmaker missed out only the 2022-23 Champions League R16 first-leg clash against RB Leipzig due to an injury. He scored twice and assisted six in Manchester City’s road to the Champions League final. Each of his goals is valued at £10,400,000, and each of his assists costs £34,666,666. The overall value of his contribution in the Champions League is £228,799,996.

On the other hand, Dybala had an injury-stricken season that saw him out in three Group Stage matches for AS Roma in the Europa League. He was also on the bench for the Italian giants’ semi-final second-leg clash against Bayer Leverkusen. Overall, the Argentine registered a sub-par performance by scoring four times and assisting one in 10 appearances. The value of his every goal in the Europa League is £1,794,000, while that of his solo assist is £7,176,000. The overall value of his contribution to the Europa League is £8,970,000.

Comparatively, the value of De Bruyne’s contribution to the Champions League is £219,829,996 higher than Dyballa’s Europa League.


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