The Premier League is lucky to have a pair of the best managers in the world. In the last decade Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp have firmly established themselves as two of the most talented coaches in the game. A surprise recent admission by Guardiola has confirmed why Klopp is the better coach.
In his career as a coach Guardiola has won it all: he lifted La Liga three times and the Champions League twice with Barcelona, he also won three Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich and two Premier League championships with Manchester City.
However, throughout his managerial career the Spaniard has been nicknamed ‘Fraudiola’ due to his inheriting world class squads and his excessive spending at each club he has managed.
Many have levelled claims that the City boss wouldn’t be able to achieve the same feats had he not walked into clubs with already impressive squads and even more impressive bank balances.
Surprisingly, Guardiola has agreed with these claims. The Spaniard said in a recent interview:
“I never felt like I am the best manager [in the world], even when I won six titles in a row and trebles. Never felt that.
“I won because I had extraordinary players at big clubs. The incredible managers don’t have these players. They don’t have these clubs.
“I’m a good manager, but not the best. Give me a team not like Manchester City and I’m not going to win.”
What RTK has to say
This Guardiola admission appears to concede that Jürgen Klopp is a much better manager.
When we consider that Guardiola’s net spend at Man City is over four times that of Klopp’s at Liverpool (transferleague), it is reasonable to say that the Spaniard would struggle to match the German’s achievements at Anfield.
It is actually quite relieving to hear the Spaniard admit that his success has been largely down to the impressive squads and cheque books he’s had at his disposal. His humility in essentially conceding that Klopp’s achievements at Liverpool are far greater is admirable.