Man City’s Gundogan is about being managed by ‘intense’ Klopp and living in the same building as Guardiola
‘Jurgen is the motivator who prepares you to take the fight’: Man City star Ilkay Gundogan about being driven by ‘intense and emotional’ Klopp near Dortmund, locking up loneliness and what it’s like to live in the same building as his current one boss Pep Guardiola
- Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has opened up to life on and off the field
- He compares the management styles of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp
- He revealed that he lives in the same building as Guardiola and has given him a lift
- Gundogan talks about the capture of Covid-19 and his loneliness living in an enclosed space
Man City star Ilkay Gundogan has opened up about life in lockdown, what it’s like to be managed by Jurgen Klopp – and giving Pep Guardiola a ride home from training.
In an extensive interview with Mr. Porterthe Germany international has lifted the lid on his life both on and off the field, revealing what it’s like to play under two of the world’s best managers at Klopp and Guardiola.
He played under Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, describing him as ‘intense and emotional, the way Liverpool play now’, admitting that his current Man City boss Guardiola is very different in their approach.
Ilkay Gundogan has opened up to life on the field and off it during a difficult season
Gundogan says he lives in the same building as Pep Guardiola (right) and has given him a lift
“ Both are great and have personality types that I get along with, but Jurgen is the motivator who prepares you to go into battle, while Pep is someone who pays an incredible amount of attention to the tactical details of the game, he always wants a plan and to see patterns in play, ”he said.
“That’s why he likes players who are smart, flexible and versatile.”
One potential difficulty that Gundogan has had to overcome at City in recent years is living in the same apartment building as Guardiola.
While many players may want to keep their distance from their boss, away from the football world, Gundogan admits that he even once drove his manager.
He also explains what it was like to play for Jurgen Klopp (left) during their time at Dortmund
Gundogan was a vital part of the Manchester City team during a great streak of shows
“ I may have given him a lift home from the training ground in five years, and I hardly see him in the building unless it’s in the lift or the front desk and he’s very easy going. He gives me my space and I give him his. ‘
Space is something Gundogan will have had a lot of in the past year, with the UK spending much of it on lockdown due to the coronavirus.
The Germany international admits that he has a hard time with that, given his extrovert nature and love of exploring the area.
“Because all these people were always visiting me, I adapted so quickly to life here,” he noted. “I liked the social side, going for a coffee or maybe a meal.”
Gundogan poses for his shoot with Mr. Porter, opening up about loneliness while in lockdown
The Manchester City star says he has missed nightlife and socializing for the past 12 months
In fact, Gundogan caught Covid in 2020, admitting he feared the effects it could have on him – as well as on his family members.
“To the people who say it’s like the flu, I want to say that I’ve never had a flu like that,” he added.
“It was scary, not just the physiological aspect, but also the psychological side, you know, like having corona when you have a pandemic and a lot of people who have died from the disease.
‘It makes sense to be scared and yet I’m still young, healthy and a professional athlete, so it’s always worse for me to think about my grandparents or parents. What happens when the ones I love most in my life actually catch it?
In addition, there are concerns about the long-term effects. Fortunately, so far, I don’t feel like anything is different from my life before Covid, but we don’t really know 100 percent. ‘
Read the full interview www.mrporter.com