When Jurgen Klopp was asked what future Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola should prepare himself for ahead of his switch from the Bundesliga to the Premier League, the current Bayern Munich boss was probably listening intently hoping to pick up some valuable advice.
Would it be the congested fixture list during the winter months? Will it be the tough tackling? Will it be the high intensity?
None of the above.
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Klopp responded in typical Klopp fashion by informing Guardiola that the biggest difference between managing in Germany and England is…. the wind.
The German manager admitted: “The wind surprised me. It’s often windy here,” when asked what Guardiola needs to prepare for.
This extremely important piece of information will no doubt be a huge help to Guardiola ahead of his arrival in Manchester in the summer to take over from Manuel Pellegrini as City boss.
However - in a more serious manner - Klopp went on to say that he would give the Spanish boss “a very warm welcome” to “one of the best managers in the world.”
Guardiola will be hoping that his first match for Manchester City isn’t against Liverpool as Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund side beat Bayern 4-2 in the 2013/14 German Super Cup during his first match as manager.
However, he got his revenge on Klopp by triumphing in the cup final 2-0 in the same season and winning the league title.
Despite winning the title again last season, Klopp beat Guardiola in the German Super Cup before Dortmund edged out Bayern in the semi-final of the cup on penalties.
Guardiola will hope to be as successful at the Etihad as he has been with his two previous clubs, Barcelona and Bayern.
He won three La Liga titles and two Champions League trophies at the Nou Camp while he’s won two Bundesliga titles so far in Munich.
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