Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has agreed on a two-year contract extension to keep him at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2023 – and a number of Liverpool supporters have reacted on Twitter.
The Spaniard, whose pre-existing deal was due to expire at the end of the season, took charge of the Citizens in 2016, replacing Manuel Pellegrini having agreed to move from Bayern Munich.
During a four-year spell in the north-west of England, Guardiola has steered City to a host of honours including two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and three successful League Cups, including an unprecedented domestic treble in 2019.
Guardiola has won everything there is to win from a domestic standpoint, yet securing the club a first European Cup success has so far proven elusive and despite being the bookmakers’ tournament favourites each year, he has yet to guide City past the quarter-final stage of the competition.
In fact, Guardiola has failed to make the final in nearly 10 years since he he won the Champions League for a second occasion with Barcelona following a 3-1 victory in the final at Wembley against Manchester United back in 2011.
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There were doubts that Guardiola would extend his future past his current deal after City were struck with a two-season ban from the Champions League following breaches in regards to financial fair-play rules but the decision was later overturned by the court of arbitration for sport with the club’s fine significantly reduced.
In recent years, Guardiola has found himself neck-and-neck with Jurgen Klopp at the Premier League summit.
The former Bundesliga coaching duo have claimed the last three top-flight honours and the two are set to lock horns again for England’s biggest prize this term.
Having won back-to-back titles in 2018 and 2019, City missed out on the PL last year after Klopp inspired Liverpool to a first league title since 1990, with the Reds finishing a gargantuan 18 points above their rivals.
Such battles with Klopp and Liverpool led Guardiola to list the Reds alongside Luis Enrique’s Barcelona team in 2015 as the toughest opponents he has encountered during a managerial career that has spanned over 12 years.
Speaking in regards to his most formidable opponents to date, Guardiola said, as per The MEN: “I have faced many teams, I have incredible respect for all of them but this is my feeling that Liverpool in the last few years and Luis Enrique’s Barcelona when I played them in Champions League semi-finals with Bayern Munich are the toughest opponents I have ever faced.”
The rivalry between Klopp and Guardiola has comfortably established both Liverpool and City as the two dominant forces in English football producing classic encounters as they jockey for the league title.
Here is how Liverpool fans have responded to the news that Guardiola has extended his stay with the Reds’ fiercest title rivals.
Liverpool next face Manchester City on February 6 at Anfield, in a clash that could have huge ramifications in deciding this year’s title destination.