Football – Guardiola-Klopp, the game of the decade

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The two managers meet again this Sunday (5:30 pm) in a tantalizing Manchester City – Liverpool that is decisive for the Premier League title.

Guardiola against Klopp: next Sunday’s poster between Manchester City and Liverpool is decisive for the title in England.

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On the one hand Pep Guardiola, who revolutionized the game wherever he went. On the other hand, Jürgen Klopp, according to his opponent “the best coach in the world”. The two managers meet again this Sunday (5:30 pm) in an enticing Manchester City – Liverpool decisive for the title.

The Spaniard and the German will face each other for the 23rd time in nine years, on the occasion of the 32nd day of the Premier League which will allow the “Reds” (72 points) to overtake the “Citizens”, leaders (73 dots) .

2013-2015: in Germany, Guardiola advantage

Pep Guardiola won the Bundesliga championship twice with Bayern Munich.

Pep Guardiola won the Bundesliga championship twice with Bayern Munich.

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The first meeting between the two managers, on 27 July 2013 in the DFL-Supercup, was Guardiola’s first official game with Bayern Munich, after a one-year hiatus.

Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund, still losing in a Champions League final to the Bavarians then led by Jupp Heynckes (2-1), took a clear-cut victory (4-2).

But the result will prove the Spaniard right, who will win the Bundesliga twice and the cup once, at the expense of Klopp’s BVB (2-0), who left the Ruhr in 2015.

2016-2017: Klopp marks his territory

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Arriving on the banks of the Mersey in October 2015, Klopp has had a mixed first season, losing to Sevilla (3-1) in the Europa League final and a disappointing 8th place in the league.

The following season, his first encounter with Guardiola in England became the first reference win of his time at Anfield (1-0), against a formation that already offered the most brilliant game in the country. Both teams qualify for the next Champions League, but stay clear of champions Chelsea.

2017-2018: Guardiola makes everyone agree

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On 9 September 2017, Manchester City sent a strong message by beating Liverpool (5-0) which launched the club to the title – the first of his term with the “Sky Blues”.

The arrival of Dutch central defender Virgil Van Dijk mid-season marks the key turning point in the Klopp era. This new defensive base will allow the Reds to knock out City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League (3-0, 2-1) and advance to the final (3-1 defeat to Real Madrid).

2018-2019: The duel gets more intense

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Guardiola and Klopp experience the most exciting title race in the major leagues in recent years. A draw and a direct-fight win allow the Spaniard to gradually take the lead, and not let go of first place from March, with a points lead on the evening of the 38th day.

The combined goal difference of the two teams reaches +139, a sign of their overwhelming superiority over the other teams. Liverpool also won the Champions League against Tottenham (1-0) and set the date for next season.

2019-20: Liverpool champions behind closed doors

The Reds keep up the pace and win their first title after thirty years of scarcity. They will celebrate their success in front of empty stands at the start of the summer, after a three-month hiatus due to Covid-19. City finished at 19 lengths after falling at Anfield (3-1 defeat) on 10 November 2019.

2020-2021: Guardiola thanks his bank

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Jurgen Klopp pays for the lack of depth in his squad with a string of injuries from the fall, including Van Dijk’s, which he will have to do without until the end of the season. The waves of Covid contamination further narrow the room for maneuver.

Pep Guardiola’s formation becomes irresistible in the middle of winter and easily becomes champions, but with a balance that is lower than that of 2018 and 2019. It misses the final step in the Champions League final against Chelsea (1-0).

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