Pep Guardiola shuns Jose Mourinho, names Jurgen Klopp his toughest opponent

Pep Guardiola shuns Jose Mourinho, names Jurgen Klopp his toughest opponent

- Pep Guardiola rates Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp over Jose Mourinho

- The German boss inspired the Reds to their first Premier League title since 1990 this term

- Guardiola says Klopp's team is better than Mourinho's squad at Real Madrid

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has rated Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp as the toughest manager.

The German-born tactician wrote his name on the Reds hall of fame after leading them to Premier League glory at the end of the 2019-20 season.

Klopp's men clinched their first-ever English top-flight title since 1990 with an impressive 18 points gap over Citizens - just one year after winning the Champions League.

And Pep has acknowledged the incredible team Klopp has built for the Merseyside outfit over the last five years, saying it is better than Mourinho's Real Madrid team.

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The Spanish born manager has faced the top coaches across the world while playing against top teams in the Premier League, La Liga, and Bundesliga, and of course the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola shuns Jose Mourinho, names Jurgen Klopp his toughest opponent

Pep Guardiola exchanging pleasantries with Jose Mourinho. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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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.

"The toughest opponent I've ever faced in my career is this Liverpool from last year and this one," Guardiola told DAZN.

"If you let yourself be dominated, they lock you in the area and you can't escape. 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 have great mental strength. [Klopp] is the rival who has made me think about how to beat him the most."

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Guardiola added: "I have always said that Real Madrid are a very strong team in my career, they helped me to become a better coach with tough matches and competitions with Jose Mourinho, [Manuel] Pellegrini and all the coaches they had.

"If you ask me which has been the most difficult rival for me to face, it has been Liverpool." earlier reported that Manchester City did not just relinquish the Premier League title to Liverpool this season, they also lost the most revenue since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in March.

The deadly virus has killed over 600,000 people since it broke out last year, and the effect saw fans being denied access to match venues for the rest of the season since football returned in June.

Pep Guardiola lost about £24 million after they were unable to allow their fans to watch live from the stands in a bid to reduce the spread of the infection.

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