During an extended interview with ARA, Pep Guardiola revealed how Liverpool’s Anfield Road made him feel small as a professional manager.
Even world-class managers like Pep Guardiola surrender to Anfield Road’s greatness, the Manchester City boss explained why this stadium is so powerful.
Liverpool’s venue is considered one of the most complicated for any rival in European football, they can get spanked at any given moment.
We don’t need to go further than last season in order to find a proper example, FC Barcelona got schooled in the Champions League by the Anfield supporters.
Pep Guardiola explains how much he suffered Anfield in the past, he too got defeated in the Champions League by the Reds two seasons ago.
The Catalan manager knows that this stadium is one of the most mythical in the world, which is why he has the utmost respect for the club.
The Manchester City manager knows that Jurgen Klopp’s side transforms into one of the most competitive sides in the world when they play in front of their crowd.
This is the power that a place such as Anfield Road has on the players.
Guardiola spoke about FC Barcelona’s recent Champions League defeat in that stadium.
“I thought they’d score a goal at Anfield, and I am sure the players knew that Anfield is Anfield,” Guardiola said via The Liverpool Echo.
“The motto ‘This is Anfield’ is no marketing spin. There’s something about it that you will find in no other stadium in the world.”
“They score a goal and over the next five minutes you feel that you’ll receive another four. You feel small and the rival players seem to be all over you.”
“We’ve all gone through what happened to Barca,” he added.
“They were laughing at me when we were losing 3-0 after the first 15, 20 minutes of the quarter-final. It’s a bugger of a ground.”
Just need to make it bigger now… https://t.co/jlzDfqZyUK
— Gareth Roberts (@robbohuyton) July 1, 2019