Why Pep Guardiola Thinks Jurgen Klopp Is The Best Attacking Manager In The World

Gregory Wakeman

Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp resumed their managerial rivalry on Saturday afternoon when Manchester City traveled to Anfield to play Liverpool. This time around it was the German that got the better of the Spaniard, as Liverpool ran out 1-0 winners thanks to Georginio Wijnaldum's early header.

Before the contest had even begun, Pep Guardiola talked about how difficult it was going to be to beat Klopp. In fact, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager even went as far as to call Jurgen Klopp the best attacking manager in the world, lavishing praise on the manner in which he gets his attacking players to press the opposition defense.

Pep Guardiola made these remarks during an interview with Sky Sports ahead of the match, insisting that he's a huge fan of how Liverpool have been playing under Klopp.

"Our styles are not similar but I like a lot the way Liverpool play. Maybe Klopp is the best manager in the world at creating teams who attack the back four with so many players, from almost anywhere on the pitch. They have an intensity with the ball and without the ball, and it is not easy to do that. They attack wide sometimes with [Nathaniel] Clyne and [James] Milner but they especially like to attack from inside, through the middle. I don't think there is another team in the world attacking in this way with so many players capable of launching moves in an instant."
"When Klopp speaks about his football being heavy metal, I understand completely. It is so aggressive. For the fans it is really good. Our styles are not similar but I like a lot the way they play, for the spectators, because in three or four seconds they are attacking."

"I was new and it was 'wow', what a good lesson. We lost 4-2. Afterwards in the league I learned a bit more about how to control those situations but it was never easy."

Manchester City are still in third place, but their title ambitions are in disarray as they're 10 points adrift of Antonio Conte's team. In fact, Pep Guardiola admitted after the contest that his ambition is now just to finish in the top four and to qualify for the Champions League. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp has his sights firmly set on catching up with Chelsea.

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