Klopp: ‘Emotional’ Conte is the ‘Guardiola of Juventus’

Date published: Wednesday 14th September 2016 2:52

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Jurgen Klopp has spoken about his admiration for Antonio Conte and what he has achieved in his managerial career, but believes he should not be compared to him.

The 47-year-old won three successive Serie A titles with Juventus from 2011 before going on to manage Italy.

He shares many similar traits with Klopp in terms of his enthusiasm and involvement on the touchline, and the technical area could be as lively a place as the pitch on Friday.

“I don’t know Antonio good enough to know why he is doing it – I know for myself and, as I’ve said a few times, it just happens to me,” he added.

“He looks quite emotional, even when they don’t score. Obviously he is involved in the game, but that’s not the most important thing.

“The very important thing is he is a great manager, something like the ‘Pep Guardiola of Juventus’ if you want.

“He created their special type of play and had a very successful time there and with the national team.

“It is quite impressive what he has done until now, but I don’t play against Antonio Conte.”

Stamford Bridge was the scene of Klopp’s first Premier League victory on October 31 last year when Liverpool came from a goal down to win 3-1.

They played each other in a tetchy and occasionally bad-tempered friendly on their pre-season tour of the United States during which Cesc Fabregas was sent off for a crude lunge on Ragnar Klavan and Reds midfielder Marko Grujic ended up in hospital with concussion after a clash of heads with Bertrand Traore.

There has been animosity between the two sides, and sets of fans, for the best part of a decade, but Klopp likes to think there is some form of mutual appreciation.

“I know about our respect for Chelsea and I am pretty sure from the other side there is exactly the same,” he said.

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