Pep Guardiola has admitted that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has helped him become a better manager. The Manchester City tactician will face his old foe again at Anfield on Sunday.
Before the heart-pounding clash, Guardiola exclaimed that his rivalry with Klopp had pushed him to prove and improve himself. During the pre-match press conference, Guardiola said:
“He helped me. His teams and Jurgen helped me become a better manager. He put me on another level, to think about it and prove myself to be a better manager and try to beat them.”
Guardiola believes the rivalry has benefited both managers to remain at the top of their individual game. The Spanish boss added:
“This is why we are still in this business. Some managers do a challenge to make you come forward. We did it in Germany when we were trying to compete.”
Guardiola added that despite different playing styles, both Manchester City and Liverpool have the same goal: to score more goals. He thinks this approach has helped to make the matches between the two teams challenging and interesting. The Spaniard explained:
“Here in England we’ve been together for many years, in many competitions and we come up a lot, sometimes we win sometimes we lose, but it’s nice because both teams have the same idea: to score goals.”
Guardiola also paid tribute to the Liverpool-Anfield home ground. It’s one of the hardest places to visit, something the Manchester City boss knows all too well. He said:
“I’m very happy that Anfield is full again and we can play a game there. It’s nice that the people are back and we can enjoy a fantastic atmosphere there. Hopefully we can deal with it in a good way. I’m handsome I’m sure the players would rather play with fans at Anfield than without. Everything is more lively, it’s more difficult.”
“I don’t know why we haven’t won at Anfield in the last 18 years. In my five years it was because they are an exceptional team. The crowd helps of course. It’s about the quality of the opponent. When you don’t win, it’s because they are so good.”
Manchester City are in mixed form
Pep Guardiola played the perfect match to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend. However, they were beaten 2-0 by Paris-Saint Germain in a mid-week Champions League clash.
A win over Liverpool at Anfield will take Manchester City to the top of the Premier League table.
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