Despite his praise for them, the two teams finished 23 and 25 points behind his Manchester City side, respectively, in the Premier League. Despite dominating the league and being the first side to accumulate 100 points over the course of the season, City have still faced their challenges and Guardiola has suggested that Tottenham and Liverpool provided two of the biggest tests.
“Since the beginning, I enjoy playing Tottenham,” Guardiola said. “I like a lot how they play. Liverpool is magnificent. I suffer against Jürgen Klopp in Germany. The transition to attack inside is so quick. They learnt a lot from last season.”
“Last season Chelsea were outstanding. We learned about playing five at the back, the movement. I think a lot of teams copy Antonio Conte teams.
“Of course, José [Mourinho] is always a huge competitor. His teams, how they convince them to be their teams, I admire the big quality teams and the qualities they have.”