Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal claimed that he ''educated'' his Inter Milan rival Jose Mourinho and helped his former assistant rise to prominence in football.
Mourinho worked under Van Gaal at Barcelona before becoming one of the world's finest coaches with stints at FC Porto, Chelsea and now Inter; but van Gaal has not forgotten the impact he played in helping the Portuguese's career.
"Jose was very modest back then. It was nice watching his development, to see that he has become such a personality," Van Gaal said on the official UEFA website. "I knew he would help me because he was so passionate. He quickly noticed that I brought him forward. I think I educated him a little. I could immediately see he had an understanding of the game."
Van Gaal also maintained that the two men had very different approaches to coaching and that his way - to play ''beautiful football'' - was the harder of the two.
"He trains to win. I train to play beautiful football and win. My way is more difficult," he said.
Both managers have the chance to write themselves into history on Saturday as they will claim the historic 'treble' of League, domestic Cup and European Cup should they win at the Bernabeu.