During last week’s exchanges, there was a clear sign of camaraderie between Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola that was palpable.
As the already legendary rivalry between Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp takes third gear, it’s refreshing to know these two coaches actually get along.
Both Liverpool and Manchester City have been right in the center of a very exciting chapter in modern English football history.
While Pep Guardiola has actually taken the driver’s seat in the Premier League with their two-year reign, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool has done the same in European football after reaching the last two finals.
We are talking about two of the clubs that are responsible for bringing English football back to its old glory, and both managers are directly related to this revival.
Contrary to the bad blood that always existed between Guardiola and Mourinho, Jurgen has decided to take the high road and not antagonize Pep in any shape or form.
We know the Catalan manager always welcomes healthy competition, which is why he gets along perfectly with the German manager.
This rivalry began since Guardiola’s days in the Bundesliga, Jurgen was coaching Borussia Dortmund and he became one of the few managers that Pep always dreaded to face.
But as time went by, both men learned to enjoy their encounters on the football pitch.
A story of two arguably best managers; rivalry on the pitch, but respecting each other on the sidelines and beyond.., what a model!!.., Forget the Ferguson vs Wenger or Wenger vs Mourinho…. https://t.co/NFlmjamo30
— #Paschal B (@NSixbert) August 3, 2019
The post-Champions League phone call.
We all know the story about the phone call that Pep Guardiola had with Jurgen Klopp right after Liverpool won the Champions League.
The German manager mentioned it during the press conference right after the match, but he failed to go into further details until now.
In fact, we never realized how well these two get along until Klopp himself confirmed it this week during a press conference.
“There was just a lot of respect,” Klopp said to Goal.
“I don’t know who called who, but Lee obviously worked with him at City. It was nice, a nice moment.”
“We talked about what a great season it was, we had a few jokes. We were both obviously in a good mood!”
“I don’t need this kind of ‘battle’ on the sideline. I don’t need this very negative kind of emotion when I see my colleague a few yards away.”
“I can still want to win the game with all I have without having all that.”
“Of course it’s different in the games, because we are both very competitive. At that point, I am not too concerned with how our relationship can improve!”
“For 90 minutes, my focus is somewhere else.”
“But it’s a very respectful relationship. We don’t have contact all of the time, apart from when we play each other – or if he calls our physio in the dressing room and I can get the phone! Apart from that, it’s all good.”
FIFA have revealed the nominess for #TheBest Men's Coach:
🇩🇿 Djamel Belmadi
🇫🇷 Didier Deschamps
🇦🇷 Marcelo Gallardo
🇦🇷 Ricardo Gareca
🇪🇸 Pep Guardiola
🇩🇪 Jurgen Klopp
🇦🇷 Mauricio Pochettino
🇵🇹 Fernando Santos
🇳🇱 Erik ten Hag
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— SpOrTs ToWn. (@Sportstown01) July 31, 2019
With this new season upon us, both managers are already savoring the moments they will share together in the Premier League and other competitions.
The very first match they played against each other, happened last weekend with Manchester City winning the Community Shield after a dramatic penalty shootout.
But this is only the beginning of a very entertaining season, Pep Guardiola acknowledges that the Reds will still be a title contender during this new year.
However, the Catalan manager also believes that other clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Chelsea, and even Manchester United have chances to compete for most of the trophies this season.
Singling out Liverpool from the rest of the squads would be a grave mistake from the Citizens, Jurgen Klopp knows this would be a mistake as well.
The Reds will open the season at Anfield Road on Friday against Norwich City, whereas Manchester City will travel to London and face West Ham United.
The first Premier League match between these two clubs won’t happen until early November at Anfield Road, we will know which of both squads is in better form by then.
— Diario SPORT (@sport) August 6, 2019
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