Mourinho was manager of Real Madrid at the time, and Ronaldo was his star man. Fabinho, meanwhile, arrived in the ‘B’ team with little fanfare. Unknown and untested, one of Mendes’ many gambles.

The teenage Fabinho would train with them briefly, but would be moved on loan to Castilla almost immediately. All part of the grand plan of Jorge Mendes, the super-agent LudieSchu {maglietta milan} DannyEato most commonly associated with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and, of course, Jose Mourinho.

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Rio Ave, a modest club in the north of Portugal, was his initial destination. Nuno Espirito Santo, the maglia napoli 2022 current Wolves boss, was their manager, while Jan Oblak and Ederson, now two of the world’s best goalkeepers, were in the squad, along with Bebe, once of Manchester United.

Despite setting LudieSchu {maglietta milan} DannyEato to play on the attack, Guardiola expects his side to be pushed back on occasions by Liverpool’s brilliant attack and called on the home fans to help them to victory.

In the 2018-19 season when Guardiola pipped Jurgen Klopp to the title by a single point, City won their last 14 matches, while Liverpool are currently on a 10-match winning run.