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Guardiola opens up on lengthy chat with Zidane

Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid, Pep Guardiola of Manchester City
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Pep Guardiola reveals Zinedine Zidane was one of his idols during his playing career while expresses his immense admiration of the Frenchman.

Real Madrid were knocked out of the Champions League following a 2-1 defeat against Manchester City in the Round of 16 second leg last week.

Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane were spotted in deep conversation after the full-time whistle at the Etihad. Their personal conversation continued after everyone else had long left the stadium.

While the Manchester City boss is arguably the better manager, the Real Madrid coach’s lustrous playing career helps him hold a higher pedigree. However, both managers have been immensely successful, having won a combined five Champions League trophies so far.

Pep Guardiola maintains that winning the league a quite challenging task and reveals that he congratulated Zidane for the recent La Liga success.

“I congratulated him for LaLiga. I always said to win the league is the most difficult title because it shows 11 months being there,” Guardiola said, as Daily Mail reports.

“We spoke about our families and I wished him all the best. He was one of my idols when I was a player.

“He was one of the greatest and as a human being he is an example and I like how he can represent our profession like he does.”