Klopp congratulates ‘best manager in the world’ Pep on title win

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Klopp congratulates ‘best manager in the world’ Pep on title win

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has called Pep Guardiola the best manager in the world as he congratulated Manchester City on an “exceptional” title success.

confirmed Guardiola’s third Premier League title and City’s fifth in the last decade as they succeeded Liverpool as champions.

given the difficult circumstances of the pandemic, and a poor start to the season which left City eighth on Christmas Day, and Klopp agreed as he said their achievement stood out.


“A great achievement, congratulations,” Klopp said. “I texted Pep last night and Ilkay (Gundogan, a player Klopp managed at Borussia Dortmund).

“It was a very difficult year for the whole world, for football teams as well, and what they achieved so far this year is exceptional.

“Five titles in 10 years – it’s always like this when you bring together financial resources and football knowledge, you have a good chance to create something special and that is obviously the case.

“City has an incredible squad and the best manager in the world so that makes it a good recipe.”

It is a ninth European league title as a manager for Guardiola, who won three LaLiga crowns with Barcelona and the Bundesliga three times with Bayern Munich.

The Catalan has described the Premier League the most difficult of the leagues to win, a verdict backed by Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti – a title winner with Chelsea 11 years ago – as he added his own congratulations.

“(City) had a fantastic season, playing really well, with a lot of consistency,” the Italian said. “They were strong defensively also, and so they deserve to win, and congratulations.

“I think that the Premier League is the most difficult national competition in Europe for sure, because there are a lot of teams with a lot of quality.

“There are fantastic players here, there are fantastic managers here. It is the most difficult national competition in the world, and for sure I think to win here is not easy.”

City – who beat Tottenham in the League Cup final last month – hope they are not done yet, chasing a treble when they face Chelsea in the Champions League final on May 29.

After that poor start, City turned their season around with a run of 21 straight wins, 15 of them coming in the Premier League, as one by one their rivals for the prize fell away.

“(It is) relief. It is a massive achievement,” said Guardiola. “I think everything started in December when we won at Southampton until March 7 when we lost against United.

“In that period, we won absolutely everything, all the games and that made the Premier League possible.”

Following confirmation of the title, City fans celebrated outside the Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola will relish the opportunity to mark the achievement with the club’s supporters once again when some will be allowed into the ground for the final home match of the league season on May 23.

“I am looking forward to the Everton game, we will lift the trophy with 10,000 people I think who will be coming to the stadium, it will be incredible,” Guardiola said in a video posted on the Manchester City Twitter page.

“This business without these people is not the same and hopefully next season we can enjoy it at all the Premier League teams.”


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Cantona backs Solskjaer to be a protege like Guardiola

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Cantona backs Solskjaer to be a protege like Guardiola

Eric Cantona claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can follow in Sir Alex Ferguson’s footsteps at Manchester United, just like Pep Guardiola emulated Johan Cruyff’s success at Barcelona.

Legendary Dutch footballer Cruyff was at the helm in Barcelona when Guardiola emerged from the academy into the first team in 1990, going on to win La Liga and the European Cup together.

Guardiola frequently lauds the influence of Cruyff on his career in football, with much of his own famed philosophy stemming from that of his mentor.

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Cruyff’s protege has gone on to incredible success as a manager, winning La Liga and the Champions League with Barcelona, multiple league titles in Germany with Bayern Munich and in England with Manchester City, with the possibility of a second Champions League triumph at the end of the month.

And Cantona has backed Solskjaer to win the Premier League with United, with the Frenchman predicting he will mimic the ways of Sir Alex Ferguson, just like Guardiola at the Nou Camp.

“It’s important to win any kind of trophies,” Cantona told Sky Sports. “In the near future, I hope next year they can win the league.

“Now they have tried to find somebody like Ole, like [Pep] Guardiola was a player when Johan Cruyff was the manager at Barcelona and he learned a lot with Cruyff. He became a great manager with the same kind of football philosophy.

“Ole was a player when Alex Ferguson was there. He learned a lot. Ole decided to become a manager and I think it’s great to have a manager who knows the identity of this club. He’s got the DNA of this club.

“I can’t wait for United to win the league again – it will be soon.”

United have not won the Premier League since Ferguson’s last season in 2012-13 and have barely mounted a challenge.

But there has been progress under Solskjaer with United almost certain to finish second this season, albeit likely a distant second to rivals Manchester City, who are ten points clear and were confirmed as champions after United’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester.


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