After yet another loss against Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola urgently needs to have a new game strategy at Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola is widely considered one of the best managers in football history already, but he needs to reconsider his strategy.
The Catalan manager is known for never giving up on his ideals, this method almost always worked for him.
However, there are two specific managers who were better than Guardiola in direct confrontations throughout his career.
The first one is Jose Mourinho, who was actually the first one who made him taste true defeat by using a vastly different style of play to suppress his own.
Defensive football has always been a style that Pep Guardiola criticizes, he hates it when squads ‘park the bus’ against his teams.
Given the nature of Jose Mourinho’s tactics, we couldn’t expect a lot more than counter-attacks from his confrontations against Pep Guardiola.
Now that Jose is on hiatus, Pep found a new rival who might finally push him to modify his strategy from its root.
This other figure in football who gave Guardiola a run for his money is none other than Jurgen Klopp.
They met in the German Bundesliga when the Catalan coach was Bayern Munich’s manager.
Since they faced each other for the first time, Klopp has managed to make Pep realize his style of football is not the only one that counts.
La reacción de Klopp y Guardiola después del gol de Salah.pic.twitter.com/PkdhA67knj
— Ricardo Torres (@FantasiaFutbol) November 10, 2019
There has always been a perception of Pep Guardiola as the studied pupil that Johan Cruyff left before he passed away, he was the most advanced student.
The evolution of total football is what Guardiola makes his teams play, but keeping the same type of game for many years was bound to catch on.
Just like it happened in Spain at FC Barcelona, the rest of the squads from the competition are getting more familiar with Guardiola’s style.
Jurgen Klopp’s case is more evident because he knows Pep from his years at the Bundesliga.
After winning 3-1 against Manchester City, Klopp completed his fifth game scoring three or more goals against the Catalan manager’s teams.
The best part of all this is that Klopp is making Liverpool play offensive football, and beating Pep Guardiola with that style.
We never imagined that we would get to experience a football club that could play like this against one of Pep’s teams.
This is living proof that the tiki-taka doctrine is not the only one that counts, there are always other variations that are just as entertaining.
In fact, Guardiola’s style is even becoming repetitive and the fans are starting to get fed up with it.
LIV 3-1 MCI (FT) – Jürgen vs. Pep: episode XVII
Klopp: 8 wins and 26 goals.
Guardiola: 6 victories and 24 goals.
Liverpool has 9 points more than the City that falls to fourth place. pic.twitter.com/byMJOO7uzL
— MisterChip (English) (@MisterChiping) November 10, 2019
What should Pep Guardiola do?
This is pretty easy to decide, Guardiola needs to start looking into different game plans to face Liverpool on future occasions.
We can pretty much guarantee that this won’t be the last time these two clubs play at Anfield this season.
With the time he has to come up with a different approach, Pep Guardiola needs to start looking at the different possibilities he has in order to defeat Jurgen Klopp at Anfield this season.
The Premier League is pretty much lost for the Citizens unless some miracle happens, but the other competitions are still up for grabs.
We know that the Citizens are after the UEFA Champions League above any other trophy, and Pep needs to have this action plan in case Liverpool is their rival in the knock-out stages.
Playing that possession-based game doesn’t seem to work against the electrifying football that Jurgen Klopp’s teams perform.
This could mean that Pep Guardiola might need to start thinking outside of his box and finally come up with a plan B for his games against the Reds.
The Catalan manager always bragged about never feeling the need for a different game plan, but Klopp is forcing him to come up with a new approach.
— Goal (@goal) November 10, 2019
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