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When Pep Guardiola finally calls it a day on his managerial career the Spaniard will no doubt go down as one of the footballing world’s greatest tacticians.

The former midfielder has dominated the game wherever he has gone, winning countless trophies along the way.

Guardiola, of course, began his illustrious managerial career in Barcelona, helping their senior side win three La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues and a number of domestic trophies.

Pep then went on to dominate the German game with FC Bayern Munich before making the switch to England.

The Spaniard has since transformed Manchester City into one of the most feared sides in the world.

And whilst they may have slipped up a bit this term, there is no question Guardiola’s run at City has been sensational.

Stints at Barca, Bayern and City have, obviously, seen Guardiola face pretty much all of the world’s top sides and managers on several occasions.

This has led to Pep having a number of fierce rivalries down the years, one of the more notable ones being with Jose Mourinho. However, Guardiola didn’t name any of Mourinho’s sides as his most difficult rival.

Instead, the City boss named Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team of the last two campaigns as his toughest rival:

“Yes, by a big margin, the toughest rival I have faced in my career was the Liverpool team of last year and this season.

“It dominates all the records. If you allow them to dominate you, they will cage you in the area and you don’t come out. When you dominate them, they run finding spaces like no one else does.

“They are very fast at going back. They are very strong in terms of strategy. Their players are mentally very strong. It’s the rival that I’ve had to think more about how to beat them.

“If you ask me which team I’ve had more difficulty to decipher and deal with, that’s Liverpool. The first few years when I arrive to England, Liverpool was a little smaller than it is now and Real Madrid was much stronger. Now, this Liverpool is the toughest that I’ve encountered in my career as coach.”

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