Pep Guardiola Reveals The Toughest Opponent He’s Faced In Coaching

Paola Ditto
Agosto 2, 2020

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has admitted that Liverpool's team over the past two seasons, has been the toughest opponent he has ever played against.

Manchester City faced fierce competition in the 2018-19 season as they narrowly edged out Liverpool to win the Premier League title.

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Last season, the Reds also won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

"The toughest opponent I've ever faced in my career is this Liverpool from previous year and this one", Guardiola told DAZN.

"It dominates all the records". When you let yourself be dominated and confined in your area, you don't get out. When you dominate them, they run into space like no-one else. Whether they are solid enough at the back themselves is my only question. They are very strong in terms of strategy. Their players have great mental strength. "[Klopp] is the rival who has made me think about how to beat him the most", he went on.

"If you ask me which has been the most hard rival for me to face, it has been Liverpool". The first few years when I arrive to England, Liverpool was a little smaller than it is now and Real Madrid was much stronger.

The Man City boss revealed that Klopp's current Liverpool side is the toughest he's faced in his coaching career.

Guardiola is a huge admirer of Zidane's, adding: "Although people may not believe me because he is from Real Madrid, I am very happy that things are going well because it is very good for football that things go well for people like him".

"It's a very strong team, in every sense and historically of course", Guardiola said.

But Guardiola acknowledged the battles he had against Madrid bosses such as Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho improved his skills as a coach.

However, Zinedine Zidane picked his players up after that result to dethrone Barcelona in La Liga, and he is now targeting the fourth European cup of his managerial career. I had the misfortune to have to come up against him facing the French National team.

"It was the first time I've seen Guardiola play like that and I've a feeling he'll do the same at the Etihad".

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