Mario Gotze reveals difference between playing for Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola

Mario Gotze played under both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola at Dortmund and Bayern Munich respectively.


Mario Gotze has opened up about the contrasting experiences of playing under Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.

Gotze, who made the switch to Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in 2013 after a successful spell under Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, initially harboured excitement about working with the Spanish tactician.

In April 2013, Bayern swooped in with a staggering €37 million bid, activating a release clause in Gotze’s contract and making him the second-most expensive German player at the time, just behind Mesut Ozil.

During his time at Bayern, the versatile midfielder contributed 36 goals and 24 assists in 114 appearances.

Despite clinching three league titles, two DFB-Pokal trophies, and earning winners’ medals in both the FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup, Gotze’s tenure at the Allianz Arena was marred by injuries.

He was also criticized regarding his work ethic and a sense of not fully fitting in.

These challenges led to his departure, with Gotze returning to Dortmund in 2016, having started just 59 out of a possible 102 Bundesliga matches during his Bayern stint.

The managerial rivalry between Klopp and Guardiola has been one of the highlights of the modern Premier League era since their arrivals in 2015 and 2016, respectively, bringing an added layer of intrigue to their encounters.

Speaking with DAZN Germany, Mario Gotze said: “Pep Guardiola was technically one of the best coaches, [playing under him was a] tremendous enrichment.

“But I had the feeling that he thinks only on the pitch and leaves out the people and the outside.

“The empathy was not that big.

“It was not easy for me, just because I came from Kloppo, who was like a footballing father. Pep was the complete difference.

“A world-class coach needs empathy, every athlete is also human and you should combine both [tactics and empathy].”

Gotze made his debut for the Germany national football team in 2010, at the tender age of 18.

His talent quickly earned him a spot in the squad for UEFA Euro 2012.

Two years later, he etched his name into football history by scoring the decisive goal in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final, securing Germany’s victory.

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