Liverpool won the Premier League title for the first time since 1990 in style, finishing 18 points clear of nearest rivals Manchester City this season. The first few years when I arrive to England, Liverpool was a little smaller than it is now and Real Madrid was much stronger.
"They are very fast going backwards". It's the rival that I've had to think more about how to beat them.
City host La Liga champions Real Madrid on August 7, holding a 2-1 advantage from their Champions League round-of-16 first leg.
"When you let yourself be dominated and confined in your area, you don't get out".
"When you dominate them, they run into space like nobody else".
"If you ask me which team I've had more difficulty to decipher and deal with, that's Liverpool".
"It's a very strong team, in every sense and historically of course", Guardiola said.
"It has made me a better coach".
"If they have done what they have done, winning three Champions Leagues in a row, to take two league titles away from Barcelona when Barcelona in this decade have dominated [LaLiga Santander] like nobody else".
Pep Guardiola exchanging pleasantries with Jose Mourinho.
Guardiola added that he has a great respect for Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. "I'm very happy that things are going well for him because people like him are very good for football".
Now with the current squad having just been crowned Premier League champions, both players face a hard decision with regards to their individual careers.
"He does well for football, in the good and bad times and I'm happy about that".
As far as opponents go, the City boss, who is widely regarded as the best manager in the world at the moment, also gave credit to the likes of Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pelligrini, both of whom had intense rivalry with him In the La Liga.
"I had the misfortune of running into him with France".