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“He said it ironically!” – Klopp corrects reporter on Pep Guardiola’s ‘overthinking’ remarks

“He said it ironically!” – Klopp corrects reporter on Pep Guardiola’s ‘overthinking’ remarks

Jurgen Klopp is not afraid to say what he thinks, as evidenced by his criticism of a reporter for peddling a false narrative when asked for a reaction to a Pep Guardiola quote.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is frequently chastised for overthinking his tactics in big games, particularly in the Champions League, and he contributed to that with an ironic response earlier this week.

Prior to Atletico Madrid’s visit, Guardiola responded with sarcasm: “I overthink a lot, that’s why I have very good results in the Champions League…I’m going to do incredible tactics tomorrow. We play with 12 tomorrow.”

It was clear from the start that his response was ironic, much like Klopp’s AFCON “little tournament” comments, which were widely misconstrued.

After hearing Guardiola’s comments, Klopp was quick to emphasize that reporters have a responsibility to make the tone of an answer clear, with the relationship being a two-way street.

“It was ironic! I heard this week in Ecuador people made a story that I didn’t understand Luis Diaz,” Klopp said back to the reporter.

“You all [reporters] have a responsibility on this planet, if you want to talk to us, then do us a favour and help us.

“He said ironically, ‘I overthink things, I like overthinking things’.

“Pep is the best coach in the world, I think we would all agree with that.

“It may be a coincidence that it didn’t work out so far in the Champions League, but if anybody doubts him, I have no idea how that could happen.”

Klopp and Guardiola have played each other 22 times in their respective careers, first in Germany and then in England.

They have both won nine times in that time, but if you include the Community Shield match in 2019, Liverpool and Man City have won five times each.

Klopp has a lot of respect for his counterpart, and it’s part of a manager’s personality to think deeply about the opposition and how to avoid the threat they’ll pose.

“We all think a lot, it’s the reason that sometimes we make mistakes and sometimes find out the right things to do, sometimes exactly after the game and not before,” Klopp continued.

“That’s why we try to imagine what could happen, what can we do that makes us more independent of the opponent.

“It’s true, in the end, the information must stop because the boys have to play and if I could not help them enough during the week or the time we are already together, we will be ashamed.

“Hopefully, we are now long enough together that we are ready to play the best possible game against City, that would be the target.”


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