Previous
Chelsea
Bayern Munich
1
3
ESPN3 LIVE HT
Game Details
Tottenham Hotspur
AS Roma
ESPN3 12:05 AM UTC Jul 26, 2017
Game Details
Toluca
Atletico Madrid
1:00 AM UTC Jul 26, 2017
Game Details
Russia
Germany
ESPN3 6:45 PM UTC
Game Details
Sweden
Italy
ESPN3 6:45 PM UTC
Game Details
United States
Jamaica
1:30 AM UTC Jul 27, 2017
Game Details
Barcelona
Manchester United
ESPN3 11:30 PM UTC Jul 26, 2017
Game Details
Manchester City
Real Madrid
ESPN3 3:35 AM UTC Jul 27, 2017
Game Details
Next

Trending: City still want to sign Sanchez

Latest
Read
ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Ilkay Gundogan sees similarities between Guardiola and Klopp

Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan discusses the Manchester derby at the ICC, Pep Guardiola, his recovery from injury and more.

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan sees a lot of similarities between Pep Guardiola and Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp.

The midfielder was speaking at a news conference in New York city as part of the announcement of the International Champions Cup 2017, where City are set to face their archrivals United in their preseason tour of the United States.

Gundogan, 26, became the first new arrival of Guardiola's tenure at the Etihad Stadium after completing a move from Borussia Dortmund for around £21 million.

His time at City has been disrupted by a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered in the 2-0 win over Watford in December last year, and is still trying to get back to full fitness.

Having worked with both managers -- Klopp was his coach at Dortmund before joining Liverpool -- the German international reckons both men have a lot in common.

"I see a lot of similarities, to be honest, between both [coaches]," Gundogan told ESPN FC.

"Both have the ability to be a good friend to a player, with the way they speak to the players. They are both sympathetic. But they know the right moment when to be serious. For us players, that is a very important factor.

"Of course, what we do is what we love -- we want to enjoy it, we want to have as much fun as possible. But we have to be serious and it is difficult to find the right balance. Both have that ability."

Pep Guardiola manager of Manchester City congratulates Ilkay Gundogan
Ilkay Gundogan was the first player signed by Pep Guardiola in the offseason.

Despite not being part of the team due to injury, Gundogan has seen enough in Guardiola to know he is working with one of the best in the business.

He said: "For me, it starts with his aura. How he's coaching a team and how he presents himself -- not just to the players, but to the public.

"Also, the way he speaks to us, how much he trusts us. He just tries to do the best for each player. I think for a manager, that's the most difficult thing -- to get all players, even the ones who don't play so much, to get to a good level.

"He knows how the players are thinking. He knows what we think, how we react. Obviously he has the ability to make everyone better. I've never seen a player who gets worse after [working under] Guardiola."

As for City matching their cross-town rivals United on the world football map, Gundogan is confident that with hard work and commitment within the camp, that day will come.

"That [matching United] is what we try to achieve. We have big targets. We have things we want to achieve. We just started, you know, it's a long process," he added.

"We want to get better year by year, and we are working on it -- to lift up the club to higher levels. If the club is successful, we will be successful as well.

ESPN's Sam Borden contributed to this report.

Follow @ESPNFC on Twitter to keep up with the latest football updates.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.