Ever since making it to the English Premier League, Pep Guardiola has completely dominated British soccer, as his deep and talented Manchester City team is pretty much built to deal with that kind of tournament.
However, even though he’s currently the man in charge of the defending champions, he couldn’t help to praise Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. by claiming they’re the toughest team he’s ever faced as a manager:
“You have to understand what we have done in the past does not ensure you can do it tomorrow or the day after. The opponents we have, I’ve said many times, Liverpool are the strongest opponents I have faced in my career as a manager. These are not weak words. I said it when they were in front, I said it when we were in front; when we won and we lose. They have absolutely everything in terms of a positional game, counter-attack, set pieces, transitions, offensive, defensive and mentality.
Anfield the stadium, many things. I know how difficult it was, how difficult it is and how difficult it will be. But that is the challenge. The same with the central defenders. We go, ‘Okay, let’s find a solution to keep the team stable and good’,” Guardiola claimed ahead of his team’s clash vs. Watford, as reported by the Evening Standard.
The Citizens have struggled to keep the pace to start this season, drawing with Tottenham Hotspur and then losing to Norwich City to fall 5 points behind the Reds in the race for the Premier League.
Klopp’s team looks entirely focused on finally putting an end to their never-ending domestic trophy drought after already winning their sixth UEFA Champions League trophy last season.
And judging for what we’ve seen so far, it looks like the league may be decided on those two matchups between the Citizens and the Reds, so Guardiola better hit the drawing board if he wants to repeat as a champion.