EPL: Guardiola reveals toughest team he has ever played against

Salah always planned to land Champions League & Premier League crowns with Liverpool

Salah always planned to land Champions League & Premier League crowns with Liverpool

Manchester City faced fierce competition in the 2018-19 season as they narrowly edged out Liverpool to win the Premier League title.

- Stream FC Daily on ESPN+. "[Klopp] is the rival who has made me think about how to beat him the most".

Guardiola has faced many rivals as a coach, including legendary Clasico tussles with Jose Mourinho's Madrid during his stint as Barcelona boss.

"The toughest opponent I've faced in my career has been this Liverpool from the previous year", he said.

"If you let them to dominate you, they will cage you and you don't come out". When you dominate them, they run finding spaces like no one else does.

Klopp added that Real Madrid were always strong but Liverpool remained the hardest he's faced.

"If you ask me which team I've had more difficulty to decipher and deal with, that's Liverpool".

While City hold a 2-1 lead from the first leg victory at the Santiago Bernabeu in February, Zinedine Zidane has an incredible record in the tournament having won it three times in succession and Guardiola is full of praise for the Frenchman.

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"When he has done what he has done, winning three Champions Leagues in a row, taking two La Liga titles from Barca when they - in this decade - have dominated this competition like no other club, it shows his ability".

"It's a very strong team, in every sense and historically of course", Guardiola said. With Jose Mourinho, with [Manuel] Pellegrini, with all the coaches they have had.

But the City boss saw his side fail to defend their championship crown as Klopp's Liverpool side convincingly captured England's top-flight league title.

The 49-year-old was quick to admit that he was indeed outshone by Klopp this season, as he hailed the 2019/2020 Liverpool side as being the best group of players he has come up against in his career.

"I'm really glad that things are going well for him because people like him are very good for football".

"The two. I think Zidane as a player was wow".

With a shorter turnaround between seasons this summer, it is that unlikely both players will get much of an opportunity to showcase themselves during pre-season friendlies and with such little chances to force their way into Jurgen Klopp's plans, the time might have come for both men to move on. "I'm very happy that things are going well for him because people like him are very good for football".

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