Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are two great football coaches who often compare head to head. Rightly so, they both are very successful. Therefore, there is a need for Pep Guardiola vs Jurgen Klopp in terms of trophies, head-to-head, and other stats.
In this post, Soofootball dives into a comparison of both managers in some key areas.
However, before going into details, here is a summary of Pep Guardiola vs Jurgen Klopp head to head stats.
Guardiola vs Klopp Stats in Summary
- Klopp won the World best coach award twice at Liverpool in 2019 and 2020.
- Guardiola won the World Best Coach award 2 times at just Barcelona.
- Pep has won 32 major trophies compared to Klopp’s 12.
- Out of 26 meetings, Klopp has beaten Guardiola 12 times, while the Spanish won just 9 times.
- Guardiola won just 34.6% of his matches against Klopp. The German Coach, on the other hand, won 46.15%.
- Klopp’s teams scored just 2 goals more (47) than Guardiola’s (45).
- Jurgen Klopp has beaten Guardiola the most – 12 times.
- Guardiola has beaten Mourinho the most – 12 times.
Now, let’s dive deep into the Guardiola vs Klopp comparison.
Guardiola vs Klopp Personal Accolade
|Coach||Name of Personal Accolade (Major)||No. of personal accolades won|
|Jurgen Klopp||World best coach||2|
|Pep Guardiola||World best coach||2|
Personal accolades are another way to define how good a coach can be.
In the case of Klopp vs Guardiola, it is obvious that they are well-balanced here as they 2 major personal accolades apiece.
Interestingly, Pep only won these personal accolades during his time at Barcelona after winning the Champions League.
Similarly, Klopp won those personal accolades during his time at Liverpool.
Guardiola vs Klopp Trophies
|Name of Coach||Number of Trophies won|
Pep has won 32 major trophies compared to Klopp’s 12.
In this case, we only considered trophies won as head manager, not as assistant or coaching staff.
From another angle, one could also argue that Jurgen Klopp has won trophies in more difficult circumstances than Pep.
Klopp inherited a midtable and subpar Liverpool team and made them regular title contenders and League winners.
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola inherited a title-winning Manchester City team.
In a nutshell, the Guardiola vs Klopp trophies comparison is 32:12.
Klopp vs Guardiola Tactics
Klopp and Guardiola both like to set up their team in an attacking 4-3-3 formation.
The major difference is that Pep prefers more possession-based attacking football while Klopp is more high-pressing and high-line defence with attacking full-backs.
Klopp vs Guardiola Net Spend
|Manager||Total Spent||Total Sold||Net Spend|
From the table above, it is clear that Pep Guardiola has had a far higher Netspend with about £563M compared to Klopp’s £115.74M.
Pep Guardiola vs Jurgen Klopp Head-to-head
Klopp and Guardiola have faced off 25 times but the German Coach has had a far better head-to-head record.
Guardiola won just 9 times compared to Klopp’s 12.
To put things in perspective, Guardiola won just 34.6% of his matches against Klopp. The German coach, on the other hand, won just 46.15%.
Again, Klopp’s teams scored just 2 goals more (47) than Guardiola’s (45).
Watch the video below to see key highlights of both managers’ rivalry.
Klopp vs Guardiola: Who is better?
So, here comes the big question – Jurgen Klopp vs Pep Guardiola: Who is better? Well, going by the overall numbers; head to head, Trophies won and accolades, Pep is hands-down the more successful one.
However, from both managers’ head-to-head meetings, Klopp is slightly more successful. The German coach beat Pep 12 times out of 26 meetings, while Guardiola has won just 9 times.
No manager in football has beaten Guardiola more often than Jurgen Klopp.
In addition, football fans could argue that Guardiola is yet to win the Champions League without Messi even at big clubs like Bayern Munich and Manchester City – who can afford to sign the best players.
However, Klopp already won the Champions League once with Liverpool and had been to the Champions League final more than Guardiola, who has managed a better team.
Klopp vs Guardiola FAQs Answered
How many times has Klopp beaten Guardiola?
Klopp has beaten Guardiola 12 times out of 26 meetings. Guardiola on the other hand won just 9 times.
Who has won more trophies, Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola?
Well, Pep has won more major trophies than Jurgen Klopp – 32 to 12 to be precise.
Which manager has beaten Guardiola the most?
|Manager||Matches Against Guardiola||No. of times Guardiola is beaten|
|Ole Gunnar Solskjaer||9||4|
|Nuno Espírito Santo||8||3|
Jürgen Klopp has beaten Guardiola 12 times more than any other manager.
After Jürgen Klopp, Mourinho is Guardiola’s next nightmare manager after losing to the Portuguese 7 times.
Which manager has beaten Klopp the most?
|Manager||Matches Against Klopp||No. of times Klopp is beaten|
From the table above, it is clear that Pep Guardiola is the coach who has beaten Klopp more than any other manager.
Klopp has lost to Guardiola 9 times in 26 meetings.
Felix Magath is Klopp’s next worst enemy having lost to his compatriot 9 times in 14 outings.
Is Guardiola the best coach in the world?
Of course, Guardiola is a great manager and he has won the Champions League twice. Get more info about Guardiola’s Champions League stats.
Also, Guardiola has won a trophy in every place he’s been to.
However, some sections of the fans say Financial Fairplay rule works in Manchester City’s favor and that Guardiola only won the Champions League because he had Messi in his team.
The Klopp vs Guardiola rivalry is one of the best things in football. It is interesting.
Their rivalry is exemplified in the 2018/19 Premier League title challenge that went down to the wire.
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