• David Tyrer

Bundesliga players vote overwhelmingly for Klopp, ahead of Guardiola in poll

It's not the slightest bit surprising that two managerial legends of the German game, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, would be so highly thought of still in the German league.


For three seasons Guardiola took Bayern Munich to another level, winning the Bundesliga three times, the German Pokal twice and the Club World Cup.


Klopp, on the other hand, took the 'sleeping giant' that was Borussia Dortmund to another level, practically inventing a new style of football and won the league back to back between 2010-12, adding the Pokal and a runners up spot in the Champions League.


Both men are generally considered the two best operating currently in world football, with Guardiola having just completed a domestic treble and Klopp achieving the highest ever second placed English league finish, along with the Champions League.


The German magazine Kicker asked 250 current Bundesliga players an assortment of things, along with which of the two was the best manager.


According to that particular poll, players in Klopp's old league rate him as the best manager in the world, at the moment, with 66% of players voting for him.


Not surprisingly, Guardiola came in second but with only 18.4% of the vote. Mauricio Pochettino and Ajax boss Erik ten Hag were also voted for but feel way below the number of votes Klopp received.


So there you have it: 250 players from both manager's old league had their say and it was quite overwhelmingly in favour of Klopp. Hard to really disagree, when you consider the way both managers actually operate.



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