Mario Gotze admits his former managers Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp currently involved in a nail-biting title race are both top-class managers.
Borussia Dortmund forward Gotze was a young prodigy and later rose to fame working under Klopp during his first spell at Signal Iduna Park.
However, the German international made headlines when he completed a big-money move to Bayern Munich, who were then coached by Guardiola.
A few years later both managers have once again locked horns in the top-flight of English football fighting for the League title in their respective clubs.
Man City’s return to the summit with a 2-0 win against Cardiff was the 24th time a different team climbed to the top and those figures will likely increase till the final day.
In an interview with German outlet Bild and cited on Sky, Gotze says he is keenly following every twist and turn in one of the most thrilling Premier League title races in recent years.
“They are difficult to compare because they pursue different philosophies,” Gotze said. “The fact is that both are extremely successful.
Gotze revealed he still remains in contact with his former mentor, who handed him his debut in professional football.
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“He [Klopp] knew that I wanted to leave Bayern. Of course, we talked. He knows me very well and that I am always looking for new challenges,” Gotze said.
“I often speak to Klopp, He brought me to the first team when I was 17 and he made it all possible. We never stopped talking.”
The Reds will reclaim the top spot on Friday night if they overcome the Saints at the St Mary’s stadium.