Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has spoken up about life in detention, what it’s like to be treated by Jurgen Klopp – and give Pep Guardiola a ride home from training.
In an extensive interview with Mr. Porter, the German international opened up about his life both on and off the field and exposed what it’s like to play for two of the world’s best coaches in Klopp and Guardiola.
He worked under Klopp at Borussia Dortmund and describes him as ‘intense and emotional, like Liverpool play now,’ but acknowledges that his new Man City manager Guardiola is somewhat different in their approach.
‘Both are awesome and have personality styles I get along with, but Jurgen is the motivator who trains you for war, while Pep is someone who pays an enormous amount of attention to technical aspects of the game, he still needs a strategy and to find trends in the game,’ he said.
‘That’s why he prefers players who are smart, adaptable, and versatile.’
Gundogan has had to tackle one possible stumbling block in his time at City: living in the same apartment block as Guardiola.
While many players like to keep their distance from their manager outside of football, Gundogan admits to chauffeuring his manager on one occasion.
‘In five years, I’ve given him maybe one lift home from the training ground, and I hardly see him in the house whether it’s in the lift or reception, and he’s always easy to work with.’ He respects my room, and I respect his.’
Gundogan would have had a lot of room in the last year, with the UK being in lockout for part of it due to the coronavirus.
Despite his outgoing personality and passion for visiting the local environment, the German international agrees this has been difficult for him to cope with.
‘Having all these people continuously visiting me was the reason I adapted so easily to life here,’ he explained. ‘I liked the social part of going out for coffee or a dinner.’
Gundogan also apprehended Covid in 2020, admitting that he was afraid of the consequences for himself and his family.