“Nadal, Federer and now Djokovic is two decades,” Pep Guardiola believes the Manchester City-Liverpool rivalry can’t be compared to Tennis’ Big 3


“Nadal, Federer and now Djokovic is two decades,” Pep Guardiola believes the Manchester City-Liverpool rivalry can’t be compared to Tennis’ Big 3

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Pep Guardiaola

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City and Liverpool still have a long way to go before their rivalry can be likened to that of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal in tennis. Manchester City and Liverpool will face off in a potential title decider in the Premier League on Sunday. The rivalry between the two teams, which has dominated English and European football in recent years, shows no signs of abating.

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Meanwhile, the Big Three have dominated tennis for nearly two decades, winning a combined total of 61 Majors. In what has become the most famous rivalry in tennis history, the three have played over 100 matches against one another.

Pep Guardiola believes ‘consistency’ is what makes the BIG 3 stand out

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Pep Guardiola was questioned by the media ahead of his side’s match against Liverpool if the increasing rivalry between the two footballing giants was comparable to the competition between the Big Three in tennis. The Catalan coach emphasised that the Manchester City-Liverpool rivalry is still in its early stages. He does believe, however, that maintaining longevity in football is more difficult than in other sports.

I would say Nadal, Federer and now Djokovic is two decades and we are five years. In football the situations run quicker and to maintain success for long time is more difficult than other sports. But I will remember my period here when I will be retired watching golf and playing, I’ll remember rivalry, the biggest of them was Liverpool,” Guardiola said.

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Consistency, according to the coach, is one of the most difficult attributes to cultivate in sports, which is why Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer’s supremacy over the past two decades deserves special recognition. “For both teams the credit I give is the consistency through the years for many years; it is not just winning one Premier League, both teams are there like for four or five years. This is the most difficult thing in sport and that is why Federer, Nadal and Djokovic and all athletes around the world for all the sport, when they get 50 years being everyday there, that is what I am proud most. But arriving in these stages, fighting for the titles we wanna lift it, we wanna try it.”

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