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Sport How Jurgen Klopp replaced Jose Mourinho as Pep Guardiola's greatest opponent

12:45  08 november  2019
12:45  08 november  2019 Source:   fourfourtwo.com

Pep: Man City not Anfield underdogs

  Pep: Man City not Anfield underdogs Manchester City are no underdogs to Premier League leaders Liverpool, insists Pep Guardiola ahead of Sunday's showdown.City have won just one match at Liverpool since Boxing Day 1981 - back in 2003 - but Guardiola says he has never been an underdog in his managerial career and goes into Sunday's clash believing his side can claim victory. "The people outside the club, the people in the media they try to call us underdogs or not underdogs," Guardiola said. "I have never felt like this. Never.

Pep Guardiola had much to talk about after his Manchester City side beat Southampton. Among other things, he arrowed in on Sadio Mane, the architect of Perhaps it was a sign of how much Liverpool have got into his head. Jurgen Klopp ’ s response was comparatively mild, defending Mane, implying

— Pep Guardiola speaking about Klopp , who remains the only manager with a positive head-to-head record against the Spaniard, in 2016.[161]. Klopp is often credited with pioneering the resurgence of Gegenpressing in modern football, and is regarded by fellow professional managers and players as

Jurgen Klopp wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Klopp Guardiola © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Klopp Guardiola

A comeback had been completed, victory snatched from the jaws of defeat and Kyle Walker, with an assist and a goal, had produced perhaps the most effective attacking performance of his career. Pep Guardiola had much to talk about after his Manchester City side beat Southampton. Among other things, he arrowed in on Sadio Mane, the architect of an even later Liverpool comeback at Villa Park, and his supposed diving.

Perhaps it was a sign of how much Liverpool have got into his head. Jurgen Klopp’s response was comparatively mild, defending Mane, implying Guardiola has a fixation with Liverpool and adding: “I promise not to mention tactical fouls”. Even that was the exception to the rule. Klopp tends to lavish City with praise, branding them the best team in the world in September, or to ignore them.

Mourinho keen on Premier League return

  Mourinho keen on Premier League return Jose Mourinho is keen to return to English football because of a desire to win major trophies with a third Premier League club, Sky Sports News understands. The 56-year-old, who continues living in his London home, rejected the chance to return to management with a number of clubs abroad, turning down Benfica in January and an £88m contract to manage a club in China this summer.According to Sky sources, a return to English football would be extremely appealing for Mourinho despite "untrue claims" he is holding out for contact from Real Madrid in case coach Zinedine Zidane is dismissed.

Josep " Pep " Guardiola Sala (Catalan pronunciation: [ʒuˈzɛb ɡwəɾðiˈɔlə]; born 18 January 1971) is a Spanish professional football manager and former player

Jürgen Klopp has defended Sadio Mané over diving claims while also expressing bemusement over Pep Guardiola ’ s interest in his team. • Liverpool manager defends Sadio Mané over diving claims • Klopp : ‘After interviews Pep asks how other teams play’.

All of which may have tempted Guardiola to borrow a tactic from an old foe’s blueprint and wade into the murky world of mind games. Because the only time he has really lost a title race was when Jose Mourinho waged psychological warfare. Guardiola was exhausted by it, announcing his resignation as Barcelona manager. He was drained by the intensity and damaged by Mourinho’s incessant, increasingly successful attempts to get under his skin. 

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A caveat is required. There are two seasons in management when the Catalan has not won the league title: 2011/12, when his Barcelona were pipped by Real Madrid, and 2016/17, his first at City. Yet it is not merely making excuses to say that ageing group, in need of a radical makeover, was not really his City team. They were out of the title race by January, which is not to diminish the achievement of Antonio Conte and Chelsea in winning it.

Mane responds to Pep: I'll 'dive' again for pen!

  Mane responds to Pep: I'll 'dive' again for pen! Liverpool forward Sadio Mane will not change his style of play despite Pep Guardiola's "diving" accusation.Liverpool forward Sadio Mane will not change his style of play despite Pep Guardiola's "diving" accusation.

Two true gentlemen unlike Jose ”all are against me without any reason” Mourinho .

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But if Klopp and Liverpool maintain their current lead, they will be in select company: just them and Mourinho’s Real, alone in halting sides shaped by Guardiola’s principles and executing them with excellence over 10 months. The Catalan has started to say that he would rather win the Premier League than the Champions League which, if few actually believe it, at least reflects the theory that it is harder to stop a side over 38 games than with the vagaries of knockout football.

And only Mourinho has truly done that. It was the last feat in his golden decade: 2002-12, featuring two Champions Leagues with clubs who had not conquered Europe for 17 and 45 years respectively, plus seven league titles in four countries. There is a case for arguing his biggest achievement was not securing the only Champions League won by a club, in Porto, outside Europe’s top five divisions this millennium or Inter Milan’s historic treble but dethroning arguably the greatest club side ever in Spain. Perhaps no one else could have done that then; even in the hypothetical scenario of transporting managers from another club and another time, it is hard to imagine too many triumphing at the expense of Guardiola’s Barcelona in a season when Lionel Messi scored 73 goals.

'I am the coach': Unai Emery plays down talk of Jose Mourinho replacing him as Arsenal boss as he reveals Dani Ceballos only suffered a small injury

  'I am the coach': Unai Emery plays down talk of Jose Mourinho replacing him as Arsenal boss as he reveals Dani Ceballos only suffered a small injury The 1-1 result with Vitoria leaves Arsenal with just one victory in six games in all competitions and will do little to ease the pressure of Emery, who is facing a battle to save his job. Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Mourinho has been heavily linked to succeed Emery, but the Spaniard has reiterated that he is the man in charge.  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Portuguese boss has been heavily linked to the Arsenal job with Emery under pressure 'I am the coach,' he said in his post-math press conference.  'In this competition, our objective is to be first in the group.

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Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are heading for the Manchester clubs. Chelsea' s Antonio Conte joins countryman Claudio Ranieri in England. Guardiola joins the star managers spread across the top Premier League clubs including Jurgen Klopp . The Premier League may not have Lionel Messi

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It was understandable that Guardiola’s time in England would be framed in the context of Mourinho. Appointed in the same year, in the same city, they were supposed to be the dominant duopoly. Which, even though Manchester City and Manchester United came first and second respectively in 2018, they have not been. Mourinho was sacked in sixth, unable to compete with his old enemy.

Instead, the defining rivalry has been one largely lacking in personal vitriol: Guardiola against Klopp. There have been fewer red cards – at one stage, whether at Inter or Real, Mourinho had a player sent off in five successive games against Guardiola’s Barcelona – and no eye-poking, unlike the Portuguese’s 2011 assault on Tito Vilanova. Klopp’s Liverpool have not concentrated on stifling and spoiling, but on scoring.

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With Inter, Mourinho knocked Guardiola out of the Champions League with 18% possession. With Liverpool, Klopp did it by scoring three goals in 19 minutes. If that is a simplification, ignoring Inter’s first-leg goals, it is also an indication of contrasting tactics and differing theories, of how the game has changed since Mourinho was in his prime and how managers like Klopp have made him look outdated now. If Guardiola ended one era, of the cautious counter-attackers, he is now challenged in another, by the high-speed pressers. If Mourinho tried to attack Guardiola with his words, Klopp sometimes kills him with kindness. 

Wilson: Klopp texts helping form

  Wilson: Klopp texts helping form Harry Wilson says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has played a part in his impressive Bournemouth form by boosting his confidence with text messages.  Wales forward Wilson is on a season-long loan from Liverpool and scored his fourth goal for the Cherries at Newcastle last weekend.The 22-year-old has been a Bournemouth regular as Eddie Howe's side have climbed into the top half of the Premier League, and says Klopp has had time to keep track on him despite overseeing leaders Liverpool's unbeaten start to the season.

Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will renew their rivalry as the managers of the Manchester clubs while Antonio Conte's arrival at Chelsea has set But there can be no criticising Guardiola ' s easy-on-eye style-of-play and City fans are licking their lips as Pep prepares to lead their team out next season.

No manager has a better record against Pep Guardiola than Jurgen Klopp . Why is that? And how might it affect Sunday's game between Liverpool Since that game, the two have faced each other 13 times, with Klopp the only one of Guardiola ' s regular opponents to have won more games against

The sense was always that Mourinho was the scourge of Guardiola. But he has five victories against the City manager. Klopp has eight. Each, perhaps, has cost the Catalan a Champions League, in 2010 and 2018 respectively. But if Klopp secures a Premier League at his expense as well, it will be undeniable he is Guardiola’s greatest opponent.

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