Watford manager Walter Mazzarri says that his feud with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is over and that they have respect for each other.
Mazzarri and Mourinho had their share of dustups when they were both in Serie A, Mourinho with Inter and Mazzarri with Sampdoria and Napoli. But the Italian says that they’ve had a good relationship since having private talks in 2013 prior to Mazzarri taking over at Inter.
“I have a very good relationship with Mourinho now,” Mazzarri told the Guardian. “Sometimes the press look at what happens in Italy – the same with [Antonio] Conte. It’s normal when you fight for top positions that it happens but I have a very good relationship, a strong relationship with him. There is professional respect.
“In life there are some episodes and moments but with time we got to know each other. At the beginning we did not know each other. We are both coaches that want our teams to perform in the best possible way and would do anything for that to happen. In Italy we were fighting for the top positions but, speaking professionally, I have great respect for him. I always have because he’s a great manager.”
Paul Pogba and Roberto Pereyra are set to meet each other for the first time since they both left Juventus this summer. Mazzarri said that he would choose Pereyra over Pogba, but has no doubt that the world’s most expensive player will come good for United.
“As a principle I fall in love with my players,” Mazzarri said. “They are very important. Pereyra is a great player, he runs from side to side, has great qualities and was the player I wanted. If I had to choose, I’d pick Pereyra.
“But Pogba is a champion. He is a very young player and this may have an influence on him adapting a little slower after changing team. Everything is new for him at the moment but with one play he can change the result.”