Klopp v Guardiola: The scoreline is 15-17 so far…

Date published: Thursday 11th January 2018 8:11

The 12th meeting between Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola happens this Sunday. There have only been two draws so far. That has to be a good omen. But let’s take a proper look at those previous games…

 

1) Borussia Dortmund 4-2 Bayern Munich (DFL-Supercup final, July 27 2013)

The scene
Bayern Munich had responded to their historic treble-winning 2012/13 season the only way they knew how: by replacing the retiring Jupp Heynckes with Pep Guardiola, and signing Mario Gotze from closest rivals Borussia Dortmund. With Thiago also arriving from Barcelona, this was the campaign where Bayern would assert their absolute dominance on the domestic and European scene, starting with his first game in charge.

The line-ups
Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Grosskreutz, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Sahin, Bender; Blaszczykowski, Gundogan, Reus; Lewandowski

Bayern Munich (4-1-4-1): Starke; Lahm, Van Buyten, Boateng, Alaba; Thiago; Robben, Kroos, Muller, Shaqiri; Mandzukic

The game
Bayern had overcome Dortmund to win 2-1 and lift the Champions League trophy in a tense affair two months prior; this was anything but. Dortmund proved that the reigning European and Bundesliga champions would not have everything their own way in Guardiola’s first season. Marco Reus provided the delectable bread to a feast of attacking football, his goals sandwiching an Arjen Robben double, a Daniel van Buyten own goal and a strike from Ilkay Gundogan. Bayern were left with plenty of questions going forward.

The quotes
Jurgen Klopp: “It was a great game, both teams ran up and down like there was no tomorrow.”

Pep Guardiola: “Even though we lost, I didn’t get the feeling that Dortmund were better than us.”

 

2) Borussia Dortmund 0-3 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga, November 23 2013)

The scene
The DFL-Supercup final was a mere hiccup as Guardiola’s Bayern won 11 and drew two of their first 13 league games in 2013/14. They led the table by four points, ahead of second-placed Bayer Leverkusen, and seven clear of Dortmund in third. But Klopp’s side were without the injured Ilkay Gundogan, as well as their entire first-choice back four. Free agent Manuel Friedrich, 34 at the time, was brought in to play at centre-half.

The line-ups
Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Grosskreutz, Sokratis, Friedrich, Durm; Sahin, Bender; Blaszczykowski, Mkhitaryan, Reus; Lewandowski

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Dante, Alaba; Lahm, Martinez; Muller, Kroos, Robben; Mandzukic

The game
The end result was predictable. Dortmund were willing opponents but, with their injury problems, they were no match for the runaway leaders. Franck Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger were both sidelined for Bayern but their superior squad depth eventually shone through. Mario Gotze opened the scoring against his former side in the 66th minute, and the home side shipped two further late goals as Bayern continued their march towards another title.

The quotes
Jurgen Klopp: “There were more long balls than in the last three years combined. They wanted to play around our counter-pressing, our biggest strength.”

Pep Guardiola: “We are happy because we beat the best team at counterattacks in the world.”

 

3) Bayern Munich 0-3 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga, April 12 2014)

The scene
A run of 19 consecutive Bundesliga victories from mid-October meant Bayern were the first ever team to be crowned Bundesliga champions as early as March. But a draw with a Roberto Firmino-inspired Hoffenheim and a shock defeat to Augsburg meant they hosted Dortmund needing to build some momentum ahead of a Champions League semi-final meeting with Real Madrid.

The line-ups
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Rafinha, Martinez, Dante, Alaba; Schweinsteiger, Lahm; Robben, Gotze, Ribery; Mandzukic

Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Grosskreutz, Sokratis, Hummels, Durm; Sahin, Kehl; Hofmann, Reus, Mkhitaryan; Aubameyang

The game
Just as Bayern had put three goals past Dortmund without reply in their own stadium, their bitter rivals repaid the favour. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marco Reus and Jonas Hofmann found the net, as Dortmund made the most of their 29% possession. It was Bayern’s first defeat at the Allianz Arena since October 2012, and was the worst loss Guardiola had suffered as a manager by that point.

The quotes
Pep Guardiola: “That’s a problem you have when we’ve already won the league. It already happened to me at Barcelona.”

Jurgen Klopp: “If you beat Munich 3-0, you can really speak of a near-perfect game.”

 

4) Borussia Dortmund 0-2 Bayern Munich (DFB-Pokal final, May 17 2014)

The scene
After embarking on the worst run of his managerial career, Bayern winning only six of their 12 games after being crowned Bundesliga champions, Guardiola was under pressure. A 5-0 aggregate semi-final defeat to Real Madrid had ended their Champions League defence in ignominious fashion, and there could be no such repeat in the DFB-Pokal final. For Dortmund, this was one final chance to salvage something from an underwhelming season.

The line-ups
Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer; Sahin, Jojic; Mkhitaryan, Reus, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski

Bayern Munich (3-4-2-1): Neuer; Martinez, Boateng, Dante; Hojbjerg, Kroos, Lahm, Rafinha; Robben, Gotze; Muller

The game
As had been the case previously, the scoreline betrays what was a remarkably close game. Robert Lewandowski, who had agreed to join Bayern the next month, spurned his only opportunity, while Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels traded chances. Nothing could separate the two sides for 106 minutes, until Arjen Robben finally broke the deadlock with a clever finish. Dortmund chased the game thereafter, and Muller capitalised on the open spaces by breaking forward on the counter-attack in stoppage-time, rounding Roman Weidenfeller and securing Bayern’s fourth trophy of the season

The quotes
Jurgen Klopp: “We will be back. This team is so mentally strong. It doesn’t matter which player leaves us, we shall simply get in new lads.”

Pep Guardiola: “We have to keep working. There is much work left to do.”

 

5) Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Bayern Munich (DFB-Supercup final, August 13 2014)

The scene
After trading wins for the entirety of Guardiola’s first year in charge, Dortmund and Bayern opened the 2014/15 season with their annual meeting in the DFL-Supercup final. Robert Lewandowski had switched sides, Ciro Immobile replacing him, and silverware was up for grabs.

The line-ups
Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Langerak; Piszczek, Sokratis, Ginter, Schmelzer; Kehl, Kirch; Aubameyang, Hofmann, Mkhitaryan; Immobile

Bayern Munich (3-4-2-1): Neuer; Alaba, Boateng, Martinez; Hojbjerg, Gaudino, Rode, Bernat; Shaqiri, Muller; Lewandowski

The game
As had been the case 12 months prior, Dortmund laid down the first marker for the campaign. Lewandowsi cut an isolated figure up front for Bayern as Klopp’s side made light work of the league champions. Henrikh Mkhitaryan opened the scoring before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled Dortmund’s lead, celebrating by producing a Spider-Man mask. “It made me chuckle – as long as he can run with that thing in his socks and he doesn’t get booked, he’s allowed to do it,” Klopp mused, having landed the season’s first punch on Guardiola once again.

The quotes
Jurgen Klopp: “We always have chances against Bayern, we just have to score the goals.”

Pep Guardiola: “The criticism of me was justified.”

 

6) Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga, November 1 2014)

The scene
Nine games into the Bundesliga season, Dortmund were in crisis. And not the sort of crisis brought on by two defeats or transfer demands not being met, as is the Premier League standard. They were fourth-bottom with seven points in nine games, and had lost their last four in the league. Bayern were top and still unbeaten. Obviously.

The line-ups
Bayern Munich (3-5-2): Neuer; Boateng, Alaba, Benatia; Robbem, Lahm, Gotze, Alonso, Bernat; Lewandowski, Muller

Borussia Dortmund (4-3-1-2): Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels, Durm; Mkhitaryan, Kehl, Bender; Kagawa; Reus, Aubameyang

The game
The victors were as predicted by full-time, but Bayern did not have it all their own way. Dortmund took the lead in a pulsating game through Marco Reus and it was not until Robert Lewandowski equalised in the 72nd minute that Bayern responded. Arjen Robben’s penalty five minutes from time restored order, and condemned Dortmund to their worst-ever start to a league season. They would be bottom by February. Bayern were top and still unbeaten. Obviously.

 

7) Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga, April 4 2015)

The scene
After a brief and bizarre dalliance with relegation, Klopp steered the Dortmund ship to something resembling safety. They were comfortably ensconced in mid-table by the time Bayern paid the Westfalenstadion a visit, the only surprise being that Guardiola’s side had not yet been crowned champions. They were ten points clear of second-placed Wolfsburg with eight games remaining, mind. And 31 points separated them from Dortmund in the table.

The line-ups
Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Sokratis, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Gundogan, Bender; Blaszczykowski, Reus, Kampl; Aubameyang

Bayern Munich (3-5-2): Neuer; Dante, Benatia, Boateng; Rafinha, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Alonso, Bernat; Muller, Lewandowski

The game
Dortmund were by no means dismantled by the perennial champions, but the gulf in standards was plain to see. Bayern were missing Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, David Alaba and Holger Badstuber, while Thiago and Mario Gotze were second-half substitutes. They played a more defensive game, boasting just 50% possession and having six shots to Dortmund’s 15. But Robert Lewandowski scored the only goal on his first visit to the Yellow Wall since leaving in 2014. For the first time, one of Guardiola and Klopp had won consecutive games against the other.

The quotes
Jurgen Klopp: “On many individual occasions Bayern were simply better, so they deserved to win.”

Pep Guardiola: “I can only congratulate my team, especially Dante in defence. I would like to dedicate this victory to him. I’d love to have 1,000 Dantes in my team.”

 

8) Bayern Munich 1-1 Borussia Dortmund (DFB-Pokal semi-finals, April 28 2015)

The scene
It had been just three-and-a-half weeks since Bayern and Dortmund’s most recent meeting, yet everything had changed. “It’s not that I’m tired, I’ve not had contact with another club but don’t plan to take a sabbatical,” Klopp said on April 15, announcing his intention to step down at the end of the season after seven years. With the club mid-table in the Bundesliga and knocked out of the Champions League by Juventus, their final chance to give Klopp a fitting send-off came in the DFB-Pokal.

The line-ups
Bayern Munich (3-5-2): Neuer; Rafinha, Benatia, Boateng; Welser, Thiago, Lahm, Alonso, Bernat; Lewandowski, Muller

Borussia Dortmund (4-3-1-2): Langerak; Durm, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer; Gundogan, Bender; Blaszczykowski, Kagawa, Reus; Aubameyang

The game
Robert Lewandowski threatened to spoil his former manager’s final chance of silverware with an early goal, only for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to send the game to extra-time. With no decisive strike incoming, a penalty shoot-out was required. All four of Bayern’s players missed from 12 yards, and Dortmund were through to the final. They would lose to Wolfsburg, because fairytale endings are for nerds.

The quotes
Pep Guardiola: “We played a great game and in the first half they had no chance. We had some problems for five or seven minutes.”

Jurgen Klopp: “I told my players that it is OK to lose here but not with this nonsense. Let’s go down fighting.”

 

9) Liverpool 1-0 Manchester City (Premier League, December 31 2016)

The scene
The rivalry had spanned eight games, three finals and one semi-final in just under two years, but Klopp and Guardiola had not met for 20 months before reuniting in England. Their first full seasons in charge of Liverpool and Manchester City respectively saw them both start well, and by the time they met on New Year’s Eve, they were second and third in the Premier League table.

The line-ups
Liverpool (4-1-4-1): Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner; Henderson; Mane, Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana; Firmino

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Bravo; Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Toure; Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne; Aguero

The game
It was Liverpool’s sixth game of December, and first of five in 16 days. It was Manchester City’s seventh game of December, and first of five in 22 days. And so the somewhat slow-paced nature of this match was understandable. The two sides shared three shots on target, with Georginio Wijnaldum’s early header settling matters. The gap to Chelsea was reduced to six points, with City four further behind.

The quotes
Jurgen Klopp: “The concentration level was outstanding.”

Pep Guardiola: “It was an equal game. The goal made it difficult against a team who use the counter-attack like a master.”

 

10) Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool (Premier League, March 19 2017)

The scene
Far from keeping up the pace with Chelsea, Liverpool were seemingly losing their grip on their place in the top four. They had lost five of their last ten games, and were only five points above Arsenal and Everton in fourth. City were one point above in third, and had just been knocked out of the Champions League on away goals by Monaco.

The line-ups
Manchester City (4-1-4-1): Caballero; Fernandinho, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy; Toure; Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne, Sane; Aguero

Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Klavan, Milner; Can, Lallana, Wijnaldum; Mane, Firmino, Coutinho

The game
It was utterly mental. As 16 Conclusions had it: ‘There were enough highlights in one match to fill a whole website, and enough points of interest to write a book. Both Manchester City and Liverpool might have been desperate for a late winner, but the game was not. It would have been ludicrous for either side to lose and ludicrous for either to win. As a mark of respect, they both did their very best not to.’

The quotes
Pep Guardiola: “It’s one of the days I am proud the most being coach and being coach of those guys. John Stones has more balls than everyone here.”

Jurgen Klopp, on Guardiola’s “proud” comment: “He is Spanish. They are more emotional than the Germans.” 

 

11) Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool (Premier League, September 9 2017)

The scene
A new season brought new hope for both managers and their sides. Manchester United topped the Premier League table after three games with the only flawless record, but Liverpool and City were in a pack of four trailing them by only two points. The other two sides? Huddersfield and West Brom. But this was a chance for either side to establish superiority at such an early stage of the season.

The line-ups
Manchester City (3-1-4-2): Ederson; Stones, Danilo, Otamendi; Fernandinho; Walker, Silva, De Bruyne, Mendy; Aguero, Jesus

Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Moreno; Can, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

The game
The first 25 minutes were merely a continuation of the carnage witnessed in March. The two sides attacked with reckless abandon and defended with a similar outlook, resulting in some wonderful end-to-end football. Sergio Aguero put City ahead, then Sadio Mane kicked Ederson in the face. While everyone was busy spouting their opinion on the red card, City put a further four goals past the visitors.

The quotes
Pep Guardiola: “The game was tight, it was equal when it was 11 against 11. After the red card it was different – I know it’s not easy to play against 10, it’s easier but not easy.”

Jurgen Klopp: “The red card was a game-changer today. I thought there was something to come but then the second half was not the biggest joy for any Liverpool fan and we say sorry for that.”

Matt Stead

 


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