EPL: Guardiola reveals toughest team he has ever played against

Ruben Hill
August 1, 2020

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has admitted that Liverpool's team over the past two seasons, has been the toughest opponent he has ever played against.

Liverpool snatched the Premier League title from City this season, finishing 18 points clear at the top.

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"The toughest opponent I've ever faced in my career is this Liverpool from a year ago and this one", Guardiola told DAZN as quoted by Goal.

"It dominates all the records".

If you allow them to dominate you, they will cage you in the area and you don't come out. When you dominate them, they run into space like no-one else.

"They are very fast going backwards". They are very strong strategically. Their players are mentally very strong. "[Klopp] is the rival who has made me think about how to beat him the most", he went on.

"If you ask me which team I've had more difficulty to decipher and deal with, that's Liverpool".

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that his days of coming up against Real Madrid whilst at Barcelona helped him to become a better coach.

Guardiola spent four years as Barcelona boss and had a heated rivalry with Jose Mourinho when the "Special One" was in charge of Real Madrid.

According to the Mirror, Guardiola is considered by many to be the world's best coach, however, he was unable to guide City to their third straight Premier League triumph last term. With Jose Mourinho, with [Manuel] Pellegrini, with all the coaches they have had.

Guardiola added that he has a great respect for Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.

Now with the current squad having just been crowned Premier League champions, both players face a hard decision with regards to their individual careers.

With a shorter turnaround between seasons this summer, it is that unlikely both players will get much of an opportunity to showcase themselves during pre-season friendlies and with such little chances to force their way into Jurgen Klopp's plans, the time might have come for both men to move on.

"I had the misfortune of running into him with France".

"He does well for football, in the good and bad times and I'm happy about that".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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