Ilkay Gundogan compares Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola

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Ilkay Gundogan has had to be patient for his chance at Manchester City but even from just two appearances, he has looked a super signing for Pep Guardiola.

A dislocated kneecap suffered before he completed a move from Borussia Dortmund at the start of the summer delayed Gundogan's debut until last week's Champions League tie against Borussia Monchengladbach.

He followed that up by making his Premier League bow at the weekend and marking it with a goal from just inside the box to round off a comfortable 4-0 victory over Bournemouth.

Gundogan has seamlessly slotted into Guardiola's new way of playing at the Etihad and once the German international fully gets up to speed, City will be even harder to overpower in midfield.

Of course, Guardiola isn't the first big-name coach Gundogan has played for after he initially burst onto the scene under Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund.

Both are among the most highly respected managers around today and having been one of the few to experience how both men work, Gundogan is the ideal player to comment and compare the duo.

In Man City's matchday programme, as per ESPN, Gundogan talked about how the pair differ: "Both are world-class managers with their own qualities.

"It wouldn't be fair to say Jurgen is more emotional but when you see him on the sidelines living every minute, it's not hard to understand why Dortmund were so successful under him.

"Pep is equally passionate but in a different way. He is more like a genius who reads the game and covers every situation imaginable.

"He is always showing us how to create space and find solutions and there is no manager like him, which makes him probably the best in the world."

If you exclude some notoriously big characters at Bayern Munich, Guardiola tends to make a positive impression almost everywhere he goes.

Picking up a maiden Premier League title with the Sky Blues will certainly make it hard for anyone to argue against Gundogan's 'best in the world' claim after his previous success at Munich and Barcelona.

And Man City have looked fairly untroubled so far during Guardiola's tenure, with their dominant Manchester derby victory two weeks ago sending a particularly fierce warning to the rest of the Premier League.

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