Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp makes bold claim about Chelsea manager
The Liverpool boss explains why Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola have chosen to manage in Premier League
Jurgen Klopp believes Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola have moved to England because winning the Premier League represents the biggest challenge in football management.
The former Barcelona manager swapped Bayern Munich for Manchester City this summer after the Citizens agreed a deal to appoint Guardiola earlier this year irrespective of their finish to the season under Manuel Pellegrini.
Chelsea, meanwhile, earmarked Italy head coach Conte as the replacement for interim manager Guus Hiddink after the west London side sacked Jose Mourinho in December.
Guardiola won three La Liga titles as Barcelona manager between 2008 and 2012 before the ex Spanish midfielder won three successive Bundesliga crowns.
The new Chelsea boss led Juventus to three successive Serie A titles before he stood down to take over the Italian national team in 2014.
Liverpool manager Klopp, who took over the reins at Anfield in October, explained why some of Europe’s top managers are all heading to the Premier League.
“I think all these managers are here because the competition makes it really interesting,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.
“If you are three times in a row Spanish champions, three times in a row Bundesliga champions, then you think: ‘okay, let’s try something else’.
“If you are looking for the biggest challenge then you need to go to England. That’s the difference 100%. It’s not like they wanted an easier job. They wanted this.
“Winning the title in England is the biggest challenge of them all. There are the most teams who can.”
The Reds finished in eighth place in the Premier League table last season. Liverpool lost to City and Sevilla in cup finals, too.