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Why Jurgen Klopp Will Beat Pep

The hype surrounding Pep Guardiola is something I will never understand. 14 trophies in 4 years at Barcelona speak for themselves, but I am, and always have been an extremely firm believer that everything that happens at Barca is a product of a system, rather than any single person’s brilliance. Barcelona are a club where from a very young age, every single player brought into their youth academy will be taught one way to play. The coaches, the staff, the incoming players, everyone at Barcelona learns the exact same system. Tiki-Taka.

When Pep left Barca for a brief sabbatical away from the game, one would think an enormous hole would be left. In actual fact though, the club had a number of different coaches they could have brought in to do the job. They ended up choosing Pep’s assistant Tito Villanova, but honestly, had they picked the youth team coach, the results would have been the same.

 

People point out Pep’s meticulous approach to training and tactics, believing that he is a genius of some kind. He’s not, he’s just very organized. When he left the club, Barca continued on playing exactly the same way without him, and ended up winning the title with extreme ease. This is because Tito, just like Pep, had always learned and played the exact same system. The same goes for anyone at the club.

So it really irritates and confuses me, when people for some reason believe he was the right decision for Munich, and that he is a superior trainer to Borussia Dortmund Manager, Jurgen Klopp.

 

Jurgen Klopp is a genuine tactical genius, taking his extremely young side (at the time the youngest in all of Europe), to 2 straight Bundesliga titles, as well as a Champions League Final. Each year he lost his best players to better clubs, and each year he figured out a way to mask the hole, and come back stronger. Nuri Sahin, Lucas Barrios, Shinji Kagawa and Mario Gotze are all players who Klopp has had to unwillingly let go of. A club nowhere near as financially fruitful as Bayern Munich, Klopp has consistently one-upped them. Until last season.

 

Jupp Heynckes ran his Bayern team like a machine last year, and they were historically good. Winning the treble in arguably the most dominant way ever seen in football. They won the Bundesliga by 26 points, absolutely dismantled the supposed best two sides in the world (Juventus and Barcelona) home and away with an aggregate of 11-0 in the Champions League, and cruised to the DFB-Pokal trophy with more or less their second string squad.

Never in all my years of studying the game of football, have I seen a team so unrelentingly good.

 

It comes as a tremendous surprise to me that they would be as irresponsible as to hand the keys to that team to a man who will tamper, test and toy with even the most miniscule details of that winning formula. Players are already in shock, as Claudio Pizarro stated in the press this week, “never have I seen a coach change so much”. This pre-season, Bayern have not nearly looked as formidable as last season, losing matches and letting in goals far too often. Pep is trying out far too many tactics and ruining the dynamic that was already in place. He even tried world class full back Phillip Lahm, in central midfield against Manchester City.

 

He is a man completely out of his depth, and Jurgen Klopp is salivating at the chance to reclaim the German crown.

 

With the sale of Mario Gotze to Pep’s Bayern, he received extra funds to solidify his squad. Solidify he did, adding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Sokratis Papastathopoulos. He’s not done yet either, still searching for reinforcements to take down Bayern. Currently his starting lineup looks like this:

The hype surrounding Pep Guardiola is something I will never understand. 14 trophies in 4 years at Barcelona speak for themselves, but I am, and always have been an extremely firm believer that everything that happens at Barca is a product of a system, rather than any single person’s brilliance. Barcelona are a club where from a very young age, every single player brought into their youth academy will be taught one way to play. The coaches, the staff, the incoming players, everyone at Barcelona learns the exact same system. Tiki-Taka.

When Pep left Barca for a brief sabbatical away from the game, one would think an enormous hole would be left. In actual fact though, the club had a number of different coaches they could have brought in to do the job. They ended up choosing Pep’s assistant Tito Villanova, but honestly, had they picked the youth team coach, the results would have been the same.

People point out Pep’s meticulous approach to training and tactics, believing that he is a genius of some kind. He’s not, he’s just very organized. When he left the club, Barca continued on playing exactly the same way without him, and ended up winning the title with extreme ease. This is because Tito, just like Pep, had always learned and played the exact same system. The same goes for anyone at the club.

So it really irritates and confuses me, when people for some reason believe he was the right decision for Munich, and that he is a superior trainer to Borussia Dortmund Manager, Jurgen Klopp.

Jurgen Klopp is a genuine tactical genius, taking his extremely young side (at the time the youngest in all of Europe), to 2 straight Bundesliga titles, as well as a Champions League Final. Each year he lost his best players to better clubs, and each year he figured out a way to mask the hole, and come back stronger. Nuri Sahin, Lucas Barrios, Shinji Kagawa and Mario Gotze are all players who Klopp has had to unwillingly let go of. A club nowhere near as financially fruitful as Bayern Munich, Klopp has consistently one-upped them. Until last season.

Jupp Heynckes ran his Bayern team like a machine last year, and they were historically good. Winning the treble in arguably the most dominant way ever seen in football. They won the Bundesliga by 26 points, absolutely dismantled the supposed best two sides in the world (Juventus and Barcelona) home and away with an aggregate of 11-0 in the Champions League, and cruised to the DFB-Pokal trophy with more or less their second string squad.

Never in all my years of studying the game of football, have I seen a team so unrelentingly good.

It comes as a tremendous surprise to me that they would be as irresponsible as to hand the keys to that team to a man who will tamper, test and toy with even the most miniscule details of that winning formula. Players are already in shock, as Claudio Pizarro stated in the press this week, “never have I seen a coach change so much”. This pre-season, Bayern have not nearly looked as formidable as last season, losing matches and letting in goals far too often. Pep is trying out far too many tactics and ruining the dynamic that was already in place. He even tried world class full back Phillip Lahm, in central midfield against Manchester City.

He is a man completely out of his depth, and Jurgen Klopp is salivating at the chance to reclaim the German crown.

With the sale of Mario Gotze to Pep’s Bayern, he received extra funds to solidify his squad. Solidify he did, adding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

He’s not done yet either, still searching for reinforcements to take down Bayern. Currently his starting lineup looks like this:

 

Pep’s squad is still just as talented as last year, so it’s not as if they’re going to start falling down the ladder, but over the course of the season, it will become clearer and clearer, a tactical genius and man motivator like Klopp, is a far more valuable commodity than the extremely expensive system-man Guardiola.

 

Pep’s squad is still just as talented as last year, so it’s not as if they’re going to start falling down the ladder, but over the course of the season, it will become clearer and clearer, a tactical genius and man motivator like Klopp, is a far more valuable commodity than the extremely expensive system-man Guardiola.

 

 

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This is a piece I’ve been working on recently for next years Fantasista Exhibition, which will be launching in Spring 2013 at a Central London location. The exhibition will celebrate players who (in the organisers own words) “are a symbol of creativity and invention, of imagination and entertainment, of artistry and magic”. So I thought who better to take on than “Zizou”.

miniboro:

This is a piece I’ve been working on recently for next years Fantasista Exhibition, which will be launching in Spring 2013 at a Central London location. The exhibition will celebrate players who (in the organisers own words) “are a symbol of creativity and invention, of imagination and entertainment, of artistry and magic”. So I thought who better to take on than “Zizou”.

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