Ilkay Gundogan is a man well placed to discuss the differences between two of the world’s top football managers in Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp.
The midfielder is currently under the tutelage of the Spaniard, but spent a number of years playing for Borussia Dortmund under Klopp before he moved to Anfield in 2015.
Gundogan was a key player for the German outfit and won a Bundesliga title, one German Cup and two German Super Cups during his time there.
The 28-year-old – who joined City in 2016 for a reported £20 million (BBC Sport) – is continuing to win trophies in the sky blue of Manchester City under Guardiola, and he has given his take on the elite tacticians.
He told German publication SZ whilst on international duty: “And then there are the two coaches who stand for the two different styles that are currently on the market.
“They live full intensity, are incredibly demanding; you can not switch off for a second in training.”
He then joked: “You may be a little bit more scared of Klopp because he’s so big and loud and shows so many teeth.”
Both managers appear to be capable of coming across as ‘scary’, but obviously Gundogan knows best.
Klopp’s passion has become famous down the years and it is something that clearly brings the best out of players.
The Liverpool manager’s ruthless competitive streak and love for the game is evident for all to see, and is something which undoutbedly inspires all who work with him.