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Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, has named Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, as his greatest rival in his career.
On Saturday afternoon, the Reds will be playing at the Etihad Stadium in the ongoing and historic rivalry that often plays a crucial role in determining the winner of the Premier League.
The city is leading the game with one point over Klopp’s team, who are considered the most likely contenders for the title, despite Guardiola’s acknowledgement that Arsenal and Tottenham are also in the running.
Guardiola has encountered various challenges throughout his career, particularly with Jose Mourinho. However, he admits that Klopp has helped him improve as a manager.
When questioned about his biggest competitor, he replied, “Without a doubt, it is the German. We have competed against each other countless times.”
“Without a doubt, he improved me and encouraged me to consider various aspects of the issues that have affected us. This is expected after spending many years in this profession. Him and his teams, both at this club and at Dortmund, have always been fierce competitors. Our games against each other have been exciting and enjoyable, with both teams having a positive and attractive approach.”
“I am confident that he has enhanced my managerial abilities through his teams. Our style of play is effective with smooth transitions and exploiting the space behind the opposing team. Their runs are exceptional and they are a top-notch team with strong players.”
Following a disappointing season in the previous year, where they were unable to qualify for the Champions League, Klopp’s team has returned to top form and is a strong contender for the title.
“I completely agree,” stated Guardiola. “I also believe that Arsenal will be a strong team, they seem very solid. Even Spurs, despite their recent losses, have impressed me with their style of play and having just one game per week, I think they will be contenders.”
“Chelsea is gradually making a comeback and has one game per week. I believe there are four or five potential contenders in the mix. It’s uncertain if Newcastle will join us, and there’s a possibility that United may also join. However, there are many variables that could impact the outcome.”