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Klopp says he respects Guardiola for taking on such a ‘big challenge’ at Manchester City

Date Posted,December 28, 2016

Jurgen Klopp has revealed his respect for rival Pep Guardiola for coming to England to take on the biggest challenge of his illustrious career.

Guardiola earned his glittering managerial reputation on his success with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, inheriting a gilded group of players at both clubs.

The Spaniard could have taken an easier job in a less demanding league, but chose to prove himself on the toughest stage of all – the Premier League.

And Klopp , who forged a rivalry with Guardiola in Germany, when he was in charge of Borussia Dortmund, praised his opposite number for having the courage to join City.

The pair were rivals in Germany (Photo: A. Hassenstein)

“What can I say?” said Klopp. “He came here with open eyes. He could have had easier jobs in easier leagues, that’s for sure.

“He could have gone anywhere, but he wanted to come here. He was probably aware, 100 per cent, of the big challenge.

“He knew he had a wonderful squad at Barcelona and a wonderful squad at Bayern, but he had big influence on the way they played football.

“If you go to Barcelona as a new manager, they will tell you, ‘By the way, don’t forget, we play like Pep Guardiola played’. That’s the biggest influence you can have.

“Bayern loved the years he was there. He’s a fantastic manager. Why did he come here? Maybe you should ask him.”

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