EPL: Guardiola reveals toughest team he has ever played against

  • EPL: Guardiola reveals toughest team he has ever played against

EPL: Guardiola reveals toughest team he has ever played against

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola oddly named Jurgen Klopp as the toughest opponent he has ever faced as far as managers are concerned.

But Guardiola acknowledged the battles he had against Madrid bosses such as Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho improved his skills as a coach.

The Champions League however remains an elusive accolade from his trophy cabinet since he won it with the Catalans in 2011, with critics arguing he can not replicate his feat in Europe without a player of Messi's caliber.

City host the second-leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie against Real defending a 2-1 aggregate lead. He does football well, in good times and bad.

I admire him and I am glad that he is doing well.

When asked about Zidane the player, Guardiola admitted that he would have liked to play alongside the former playmaker.

The 49-year-old was quick to admit that he was indeed outshone by Klopp this season, as he hailed the 2019/2020 Liverpool side as being the best group of players he has come up against in his career. "[Klopp] is the rival who has made me think about how to beat him the most", he went on.

"When he has done what he has done, winning three Champions Leagues in a row, taking two LaLiga titles from Barca when they - in this decade - have dominated this competition like no other club, it shows his ability".

"I don't know, I don't know how I'm going to feel". The first years when I arrived in England, Liverpool were a bit weaker than now and Real Madrid were stronger.

"Well, I will have failed, but the important thing is to try".

Jose Mourinho was in charge of a star-studded Real Madrid side while Jurgen Klopp struck up a rivalry with Guardiola at Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.

"Yes, by a big margin, the toughest rival I have faced in my career was the Liverpool team of previous year and this season", Guardiola told DAZN Spain.

"They've dominated all the records".

"When you let yourself be dominated and confined in your area, you don't get out". When you dominate them, they find running spaces like no one else does.