Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola has named Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Luis Enrique’s Barcelona as the 2 hardest sides he has ever confronted in administration.
Sadly for Guardiola, he can be up in opposition to a type of sides on Sunday when the Premier League champions go to the Etihad for his or her first assembly of the season.
Whereas Metropolis’s type has been sporadic within the opening levels of the marketing campaign, Liverpool have largely remained constant and already look the favourites to raise the title as soon as once more.
A victory over the Blues would see Jurgen Klopp’s facet stretch their lead on Metropolis to eight factors, which could possibly be a major margin regardless of it being so early within the season – although Metropolis do have a sport in hand.
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Forward of the encounter Guardiola was requested which fixtures had been essentially the most difficult for him as a coach, with Liverpool and the treble-winning Barcelona of 2015 standing out.
“I’ll by no means underestimate an opponent,” he mentioned. “Once I was in Bayern Munich there was Dortmund with Thomas Tuchel or Jurgen that have been unimaginable groups, after I was in Barcelona Actual Madrid have been so, so robust all the time however right here since I arrived after we fought for the titles Liverpool have been the massive rivals.
“I’ve confronted many groups, I’ve unimaginable respect for all of them however that is my feeling that Liverpool in the previous few years and Luis Enrique’s Barcelona after I performed them in Champions League semi-finals with Bayern Munich are the hardest opponents I’ve ever confronted.
“I’ll attempt to beat them however that’s a part of the method. Possibly in a number of years Metropolis may have one other rival or Liverpool may have one other rival so this won’t be everlasting by way of all of the groups being there however within the final there years the hardest opponent we’ve got had within the Premier League has been Liverpool.”