Liverpool-Manchester City, this is one of the most attractive posters of the Premier League for many seasons now in England. These two top names meet again this Sunday (5.30 p.m., to be followed live with commentary on Foot 24hfootnews) for what constitutes one of the most anticipated matches of the year. This shock opposes especially two direct competitors for the title of champion carried by Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, two coaches symbolizing the new emerging rivalry between these two teams, to the greatest happiness of the Catalan. “For us, it’s an honor to have Liverpool as a rival. For many years we have been trying to compete with this legendary club. For us it is an honor to be their rivals because it means that we are competing against one of England’s most historic teams ”, he confided at a press conference on Friday.
It has now been 4 seasons that Manchester City (3 titles) and Liverpool (1 title) share the throne of English champions, culminating in an exceptional 2018-2019 year, which will remain as one of the most thrilling. in the history of the Premier League, having seen the Skyblues be crowned with a small unit ahead of the residents of Anfield (98 points against 97). At the start of the 7th day of PL, the two teams were still at the top of the standings, Liverpool (14 points), still undefeated, ahead of City by a short head (13 points).
Cannon debut for an unbeaten Liverpool
A rather logical scenario in view of the good start to the season made by the two clubs. The Reds, who remain on a complicated game in Brentford (3-3) in the Premier League and a large success in Porto (5-1) in the Champions League, are almost on cloud nine. They have won 8 of their 10 games played in all competitions, scoring 26 goals (2.6 goals / games on average) and conceding only 7. With the return of Virgil van Dijk, who reigns as boss in the heart of the defense, Liverpool also relies on their new magical trio. Exit Roberto Firmino, who now plays the liners of Diogo Jota (3 pawns in 8 games) at the forefront of the attack, the Portuguese being still framed by the unavoidable Sadio Mané (4 goals in 8 games) and Mohamed Salah (8 achievements in 8 appearances).
Even irregular, Manchester City responds
For its part, Manchester City has already experienced ups and downs since August. But Pep Guardiola’s gang confirms that it remains one of the most formidable in the world of football as it shines in the game and is capable of pushing any opponent to its limits. Surprised to enter Tottenham (0-1) in the league after losing the Community Shield against the Foxes, the residents of the Etihad then experienced a single poor performance across the Channel (0-0 against Southampton), inflicting real corrections to Arsenal and Norwich (5-0) and going to win at Leicester and Chelsea (1-0). One of the main shadows on the table remains the defeat conceded Tuesday in Paris (0-2) in C1. What reminds us that it is far from being invulnerable and that dominating is not winning, for a team that has found the net 24 times, for 8 goals conceded in 10 games.
Klopp-Guardiola rivalry unleashes passions
If many stars will cross swords on the side of Anfield Road this Sunday, this poster also greatly animates football fans across the Channel because of the rivalry between Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, two managers with many similarities in the game having shaped their success and image in England. The German technician and his Spanish counterpart, who together have accumulated 14 trophies since their respective arrival in PL in 2015 and 2016, advocate very offensive, attractive, spectacular football, based on intensity, a constant collective effort. and very important.
These two teams are distinguished by their use of the ball. Where the Cityzens like to have possession of the ball and redouble passes to destabilize the opposing block, the Reds are sharper and exploit the smallest spaces, being as effective in offensive as defensive transitions with a gegenpressing (or counter-pressing) which no longer to be presented on each side. To listen to Guardiola, he and City would not be where they are today without the presence of the German.
Guardiola on Klopp: “He and his teams have helped me become a better manager.”
“Some managers challenge you to move you forward. We did it in Germany when we faced each other (Klopp with Dortmund, Guardiola with Bayern, Editor’s note). Here in England we have been together for many years. It’s good because both teams have the same idea: to score goals. They are faster than us but we are both trying to win the game. He [Klopp] helped me”, assured the Spaniard on Friday, before continuing. “He and his teams have helped me become a better manager. He put me on another level, to think about it and prove myself. What I need to do to be a better manager and try to beat them. This is the reason why we are still in this business. ”
Klopp’s latest statement, also at a pre-match press conference on Friday, speaks volumes about the mutual respect that resides between the two tacticians: “Manchester City are an exceptional football team. They are still, for me, the best team in Europe at the moment. ” If the two coaches like to relieve themselves of any pressure before this kind of meeting, the English press has difficulty in detecting a single favorite in this part, preferring to believe that a rain of goals will fall on Anfield, and this while this poster remains on an average of 3.3 goals over the last 6 games. One thing is certain: Manchester City (best defense in PL, 1 goal conceded), which has not lost since November 10, 2019 against Liverpool, intends to defend as it should be his title of reigning English champion against the Reds (best attack, 15 goals scored) who seem more fit than ever. Once again, the shock promises.
Premier League ranking of FC Liverpool and Manchester City
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