Man City's Gundogan: I chose Guardiola over former boss Klopp

Man City's Gundogan: I chose Guardiola over former boss Klopp
From ESPN - January 12, 2018

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has revealed he chose Pep Guardiola over former manager Jurgen Klopp upon moving to England from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2016.

Gundogan signed on with City for24.3 million that summer after spending five successful seasons at the Westfalenstadion, where he won a Bundesliga title, a German Cup and reached a Champions League final under the guidance of Klopp.

But when it came time move on, Gundogan said Guardiola's inistence on signing him, despite having picked up a serious injury at the time, trumped the chance to join his former coach at Anfield.

"I spoke with Jurgen about different things," Gundogan told outlets in the UK on Friday. "He always liked me as a player and I would be a liar if I said he did not try. But when I had the opportunity to join City and work with Pep, it was quite clear that I wanted to come here.

"When I was a little bit down because of my injury, he was quite sure he was still going to try to buy me. That showed me it could never be the wrong decision to join this club. They are both great managers, great characters and very ambitious. I have been lucky."

Gundogan's current club sit well atop the Premier League table -- 15 points clear of second-placed Manchester United -- but face a tricky match at fourth-placed Liverpool on Sunday.

City have not beaten Liverpool at Anfield since the Abu Dhabi takeover in 2008, and have not won at Anfield for 15 years overall. But the Germany international believes that history presents an exciting opportunity for his team this weekend.

"It could be a big moment for us," Gundogan said. "Anfield is one of the hardest stages in the world and on good days Liverpool are able to beat any team in the world.

"It's more exciting for everyone when you have two top teams who try to attack and try to create chances.

"I can imagine it's not attractive for the spectators when we play teams with 10 players around their own box, just defending and hoping for a set-piece or throw-in, anything.

"We need to be ready to show the same spirit as we did away at Chelsea and Manchester United. We have beaten all the big teams until now and we want to continue on Sunday."

City are undefeated in the league this campaign this far, and are looking to become the first team since Arsene Wenger's 2004 Arsenal side to complete a Premier League season without a loss.

Guardiola's men are also on pace to win an historic Quadruple of titles in 2017-18. Asked if winning four trophies was feasible, Gundogan took a cautious approach.

"It's difficult," he said.

"If I said yes now I would disagree with the manager, and that would not be so smart! We have a lot of games to go, and a lot of hurdles to take, but everything is possible."


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