Jurgen Klopp warns Bayern boss Pep Guardiola over English schedule
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has warned Pep Guardiola that when he moves to the Premier League he should be ready for a draining fixture schedule -- and that even he had not realised the Capital One Cup semifinal was a two-legged affair.
Bayern Munich boss Guardiola has said his intention to manage an English club is the reason for his decision to leave his current job at the end of the season, with Manchester City touted as the most likely destination for the former Barcelona boss.
But when he makes the transition from the Bundesliga -- as Klopp did in taking over at Liverpool in October after leaving Borussia Dortmund in the summer -- the Spaniard will encounter a diet of "football, football, football," Klopp has warned.
Liverpool were held 2-2 in Friday's FA Cup third-round tie away to Exeter City, forcing a replay at Anfield and leaving their manager lamenting "another game."
It is due to take place a week before Jan. 26's second leg of the Capital One Cup semifinal against Stoke City, into which Klopp's team take a 1-0 lead from the first leg. The FA Cup replay takes his club's likely number of fixtures in January to nine.
Asked what advice he would give Guardiola, Klopp told several national newspapers: "I don't have to tell Pep Guardiola anything because he is that experienced [but] the number of games is the biggest difference.
"When I came here, I didn't know there were two rounds in the semifinal of the Capital One Cup. I had people in Germany last week saying: 'Yeah, you're in the final again!' Idiots!
"In Germany, when you tell people about the FA Cup, that if you draw you play again, they say: 'What?' Here you have penalties and extra time, but only after the second game."
Klopp suggested Guardiola would need "35 players" to negotiate the busy schedule, but added that he was otherwise happy to recommend working in England.
"That's the thing, the number of games -- football, football, football," he said. "With a perfect preseason you are prepared for a long, long journey. We knew about it, but to feel it is different.
"Pep is so experienced, for sure. I'm sure he will buy a few players and have a good team, have 35 players or whatever! What I can say about here is very positive.
"It's a great country, great people, the food is much better than everybody said and the weather is not great, like everyone said."
Elsewhere, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke warned Bundesliga players against a Premier League move.
BVB stars like Marco Reus, Mat Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan have been linked with Premier League clubs in recent seasons, and while they are still at the Westfalenstadion, several Bundesliga players including Bastian Schweinsteiger, Andre Schurrle, Son Heung-Min and Roberto Firmino have completed moves to England.
"Quite often, the players are squeezed out like a lemon," Watzke told Bild. "Because of their playing rhythm they rarely have the opportunity to train.
"Many players will give it careful thought and professionals who think further than what is left in their purse at the end of the month will take that into consideration when making a decision."
A recent poll of Bundesliga players taken by kicker found that 45.9 percent would welcome a move to England if offered a significant pay rise, with 36.1 percent saying it was possible and only 15.6 percent saying they would not.
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However, Watzke added: "If it was only about the wages, it would be difficult to win the race, but it's not like that.
"I've watched a lot of Premier League football around Christmas. I don't have a feeling they have increased the level of play. Only the expenses have increased."
Despite Watzke's remarks, his own club could face a hectic schedule in the second half of the season.
Dortmund, currently second in the Bundesliga, remain in contention for the Europa League and DFB Pokal and, if they were to win the two cup competitions, they would play 11 three-match weeks before the end of the campaign.
ESPN FC's Germany correspondent, Stephan Uersfeld, contributed to this report.