Jurgen Klopp Named His Biggest Rival The "Exceptional" Pep Guardiola
Does that even surprise you? At the moment, Klopp and Guardiola are in charge of probably 2 best teams in Europe, Liverpool FC, and Manchester City, so it makes sense that rivalry between the two teams and managers ignites. However, Klopp and Guardiola haven't become Rivals in Premier League but a while back when they both managed two great clubs in Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.
Back in 2013, Jurgen Klopp was moving up the ladder and started transforming Borussia Dortmund into one of the best and most respected clubs in Europe. The same year he faced newly appointed Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola for the first time. Dortmund and Munich rivalry has been around as long as any Bundesliga fan can remember two formidable clubs with great history and iconic players got arguably two best managers. If not two at least 1 ... and a half.
Pep Guardiola joined Bayern Munich after he took a short break from football. When he joined Bayern Munich he was already recognized as one of the best managers in the world of football. He was fortunate to inherit Barcelona squad packed with superstar players like Victor Valdes, Xavi, Iniesta, Carlos Puyol, Thiery Henry, and Leo Messi. Having a great squad sure helps him to become one of the best coaches in the recent history of the sport but what makes Guardiola truly unique was is a tactical genius as a professional footballer.
Jurgen Klopp cannot compare his professional career with Guardiola, however, his fast and very physically demanding style of play revolutionized how teams play football these days. Remember the classical 4-4-2 formation? How many top tier teams still use it as their primary lineup? Well, the answer is not too many, because both Klopp and Guardiola's unique styles force other teams to adjust to the growing threat coming from wingers and fullbacks.
Who Is Better Klopp or Guardiola?
Both managers have a unique style of play and after Klopp left Dortmund Jose Mourinho once again became one of Guardiola's biggest rivals. That all changed once Jurgen Klopp decided to join Liverpool FC in 2015. He was on a mission to transform another underdog team with a great history and bring it back to the spotlight.
In 2016 Guardiola decided to seek new challenges because he already won everything he possibly could with both Barcelona or Bayern Munich. Guardiola was finally ready for Premier League. In 2016 Guardiola joined Manchester City and started implementing his vision. Arguably, Guardiola had a much easier job ahead of him with new sheik owners having an unlimited transfer budget.
Both teams transformed tremendously under new management, Guardiola once again dominates domestic turf but not able to win Champions League... Klopp, on the other hand, is doing everything in his power to dethrone Premier League King Guardiola and he got bloody close in the 2018/19 season. That being said Klopp finally won Champions League with Liverpool and is 5 points ahead of Guardiola's Manchester City only six games into the season.
Klopp and Guardiola have met on 17th instances in 6 different competitions in their professional managerial careers, for now, Klopp has the upper hand over Pep but the margin between the two is minuscule.
Klopp vs Guardiola Matchups
|27-Jul-13||Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich||German Supercup||4-2||Guardiola 0-1 Klopp|
|23-Nov-13||Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich||Bundesliga||0-3||Guardiola 1-1 Klopp|
|12-Apr-14||Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund||Bundesliga||0-3||Guardiola 1-2 Klopp|
|17-May-14||Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund||German Cup final||2-0||Guardiola 2-2 Klopp|
|13-Aug-14||Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund||German Supercup||0-2||Guardiola 2-3 Klopp|
|1-Nov-14||Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund||Bundesliga||2-1||Guardiola 3-3 Klopp|
|4-Apr-15||Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich||Bundesliga||0-1||Guardiola 4-3 Klopp|
|28-Apr-15||Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund||German Cup semi-final||1-1 (0-2 pens)||Guardiola 4-4 Klopp|
|31-Dec-16||Liverpool v Man City||Premier League||1-0||Guardiola 4-5 Klopp|
|15-Jan-17||Man City v Liverpool||Premier League||1-1||Guardiola 4.5-5.5 Klopp|
|9-Sep-17||Man City v Liverpool||Premier League||5-0||Guardiola 5.5-5.5 Klopp|
|14-Jan-18||Liverpool v Man City||Premier League||4-3||Guardiola 5.5-6.5 Klopp|
|4-Apr-18||Liverpool v Man City||Champions League||3-0||Guardiola 5.5-7.5 Klopp|
|10-Apr-18||Man City v Liverpool||Champions League||1-2||Guardiola 5.5-8.5 Klopp|
|7-Oct-18||Liverpool v Man City||Premier League||0-0||Guardiola 6-9 Klopp|
|3-Jan-19||Man City v Liverpool||Premier League||2-1||Guardiola 7-9 Klopp|
|4-Aug-19||Liverpool v Man City||FA Community Shield||1-1 (4-5 pens)||Guardiola 8-9 Klopp|
That being said Klopp is the one and only manager who faced Pep Guardiola in more than 10 competitive matches and managed to hold a positive record.
Pep Guardiola Personal Managerial Record Against Other Managers
Jurgen Klopp also has a very good managerial record and against other managers. In his early days, he has faced a few renown German managers that he faced in Bundesliga 1 and 2 that hold a positive record over him, however, in recent years there is no manager that would win more games against Jurgen Klopp then Klopp would win over them.
Jurgen Klopp Personal Managerial Record Against Other Managers
In conclusion, if Pep Guardiola wants to get an upper hand over Klopp he should talk to Felix Magath and get some tips from him. Felix Magath is the only manager that seemed to dominate over Jurgen Klopp when they have faced each other.