How Ralf Rangnick fared against Klopp, Tuchel and Rodgers

Date published: Thursday 2nd December 2021 8:21 - Ian Watson

Ralf Rangnick and Jurgen Klopp before the DFL Super Cup in 2011.

New Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick has an impressive record against Jurgen Klopp. But Thomas Tuchel appears to have mastered his mentor.

Here’s how Rangnick has fared against the three current Premier League managers that he has previously faced.


Jurgen Klopp

Played 13
Won: 6
Drawn: 5
Lost: 2
Goals for: 17
Goals against: 11
Goals average: 1.3-0.85
Points per game: 1.77

2011/12: DFL Super Cup final – Schalke 0-0 (4-3 on pens) Borussia Dortmund
2010/11: Bundesliga – Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Hoffenheim
2009/10: Bundesliga – Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Hoffenheim
2009/10: Bundesliga – Hoffenheim 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
2008/09: Bundesliga – Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Hoffenheim
2008/09: Bundesliga – Hoffenheim 4-1 Borussia Dortmund
2007/08: 2.Bundesliga – Mainz 1-1 Hoffenheim
2007/08: 2.Bundesliga – Hoffenheim 1-0 Mainz
2005/06: Bundesliga – Schalke 1-0 Mainz
2004/05: Bundesliga – Mainz 2-1 Schalke
2004/05: Bundesliga – Schalke 2-1 Mainz
2001/02: 2.Bundesliga – Hannover 2-0 Mainz
2001/02: 2.Bundesliga – Mainz 2-2 Hannover

“One of the best, if not the best German coach,” is how Klopp has described Rangnick in the past and the incoming Manchester United manager has had the better of his meetings with his compatriot, even if they haven’t faced each other in a decade. It has generally been tight, though, with only two of their 13 clashes settled by more than one goal. Rangnick has only faced two other coaches – Thomas Schaf and Felix Magath – more often than Klopp and one of the seven trophies Rangnick has won as a coach came against Dortmund in the 2011 DFL Super Cup final.


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Thomas Tuchel

Played: 5
Won: 1
Drawn: 0
Lost: 4
Goals for: 8
Goals against: 12
Goals average: 1.6-2.4
Points per game: 0.6

2011/12: Bundesliga – Mainz 2-4 Schalke
2010/11: Bundesliga – Schalke 1-3 Mainz
2010/11: Bundesliga – Mainz 4-2 Hoffenheim 
2009/10: Bundesliga – Hoffenheim 0-1 Mainz
2009/10: Bundesliga – Mainz 2-1 Hoffenheim

Rangnick has had considerably less joy against Tuchel. The incoming United boss lost all four of his first meetings with the Chelsea boss when Tuchel managed Mainz. Has the apprentice become the master?

Brendan Rodgers

Played 2
Won: 1
Drawn: 0
Lost: 1
Goals for: 3
Goals against: 2
Goals average: 1.5-1
Points per game: 1.5

2018/19: Europa League group stage – Celtic 2-1 RB Leipzig
2018/19: Europa League group stage – RB Leipzig 2-0 Celtic

Rodgers, one of the early favourites for the United job, met Rangnick in the 2018/19 Europa League, with each coach coming out on top on home soil. But it was Rodgers who had the last laugh, with Celtic qualifying out of the group while Leipzig finished third after losing the Red Bull derby to Salzburg and drawing with Rosenborg.

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