This Sunday (10), Manchester City and Liverpool face each other in a duel worthy of leadership in the Premier League. Among the main attractions of this match, the confrontation between coaches Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola will be the most combative between them. The match, which could be a big step towards the Premier League title, is scheduled for 12:30 (Brasilia time), with minute-by-minute monitoring of the tournament. UOL . points.
in the podcast Football Without Borders #44 (listen in full in the episode above), columnist Julio Gomes and international correspondent Jamil Sheed greeted BBC journalist Fernando Duarte, who has lived in England for the past 20 years. They talked about the duel between the coaches and the influence of Klopp since his arrival at Liverpool.
“The arrival of Jurgen Klopp 50 years from now will be remembered as a turning point for Liverpool. It is not that the club was not great before his arrival. We are talking about a team that won the Champions League five times. When he arrived, Liverpool won the Champions League in 2005, reached the The final in 2007, ratified the post in the English Premier League, turning the team into a team that always fights for the title, and transformed it even on the game front,” Duarte commented. .
Jamil cited an article in the French newspaper L’Equipe to comment on Klopp and Guardiola’s salaries. “The champion is still Simeone, with 3.5 million euros per month. Guardiola is in second place, with 1.8 million euros / month, and Klopp is in third place, with 1.4 million euros / month. He talks about two of the three highest salaries among technicians,” she said. “And they deserve to be two of the most valuable coaches in the world,” Julio added.
columnist UOL Show how Sunday’s match will be a kind of confrontation between Klopp and Guardiola. “This will be their 23rd match between them. Guardiola is indeed the coach Klopp has faced most of the time, but Klopp is not the coach Guardiola has faced most of the time – he has played 25 times against Jose Mourinho. That’s nine wins each with four draws. This data Alone already shows the size of Klopp,” Giulio commented, stressing that few coaches have the advantage or balance in the confrontation with Guardiola.
Despite being considered one of the greatest coaches in history, Guardiola has a weight on his shoulders: he has never led Manchester City to the Champions League, despite the club’s massive investment in signing players. Liverpool, with a more “modest” budget than their rivals, has made a more distinguished appearance in the continental championship. Another advantage of Klopp, from Duarte’s point of view.
“This thing about not being able to lead Manchester City to the Champions League title is starting to feel a little uncomfortable. The defeat against Chelsea [1 a 0 na final da última edição] It was painful and gave the fans compensation. His work in the English Premier League is indisputable, but he did not win the Champions League. If there is anything he can criticize about, it is this stammer that City always gives when making a decision in Europe,” the journalist said.
For Jamil, the rivalry between the two teams did not affect the friendly relationship between the coaches. “The styles are different, but they say they are very friendly. Recently, Guardiola said that Klopp is making him a better coach and has inspired him. Klopp arrived a few years ago kicking the door and changing, at least, the press conferences.” , He said.
Duarte stressed that Klopp is a wonderful person not only on the field. “He’s a special guy, he plays a lot with the fans. Klopp is very critical of things off the field, something that players and coaches overlook. He has spoken out against Brexit. [a saída do Reino Unido da União Europeia], touches on the issue of oligarchy in football. He is very attentive and has a lot of charisma. I’m looking forward to seeing a coach who is as fit as him at the club.”
Manchester City leads the English with 73 points, only one point behind Liverpool. Both won their participation in the middle of the week in the Champions League quarter-finals: the Nationals managed a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid at home; The Reds visited Benfica and returned from Portugal with a 3-1 victory, with the return matches to be played next week.
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