Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has revealed the club have been ‘left behind’ in their chase to catch Liverpool in the Premier League.
After an impressive start season to the season by the Reds, City looked to have given up hopes of posing a threat to the chances of Liverpool.
The Citizens had injury problems to deal with in their quest to challenge Liverpool, while the Anfield side were winning at all cost regardless the hurdle ahead of them.
City are now 25 points behind Jurgen Klopp’s team who could be crowned champions soon, with just two wins needed to wrap up the title.
And the German international has admitted his side have not been good enough in the 2019/20 campaign.
He told Turkish publication Fanatik: “We were left behind in the championship race this season in the Premier League. We couldn’t show an effect like the last two seasons [when] we are champions.
“Whether we play good football or play good matches, there are points we have simply lost.
“Liverpool came to this level without losing many points, so we lost a lot of points, so the difference increased.”
Gundogan believes Klopp is the mastermind behind the imminent success of the Reds and feels his former manager at Borussia Dortmund and current manager Pep Guardiola are miles ahead of others in their department of the game.
“Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are the two best teachers in the world,” said Gundogan. “Four years have passed with Klopp. A teacher I love very much. He creates an amazing team spirit and motivates footballers incredibly.
“Pep is at a very high tactical level. A teacher who wants to know every detail of the game. I have not seen a teacher who improved himself tactically.
“Their styles are different, but both are very successful. Although they are very different, they are both the world’s top two teachers for now.”