InCelticsChampionsLeagueclashwithPepGuardiolasManchesterCityonWednesday,BrendanRodgerswillpithiswitsagainstamanwhohashadadefininginfluenceonhiscareer。

WhetherwithSwanseaCity,LiverpoolorCeltic,RodgershassoughttoemulatethekindofpassingfootballwithwhichGuardiolatookfirstBarcelonaandthenBayernMunichtothesummitsofthegame。

Iveadmiredhimfromtheoutsidelookingin,atthecouragehehasshowedtoplaythemoderngame,Rodgerssaidin2014。

Hisloveandpassion(for)football,hisgreatprinciplesandideasandtheconfidencehegivestopeople。

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JoseMourinhogaveRodgershisfirstbigleg-upinprofessionalfootball,invitingtheNorthernIrishman,thenworkingintheacademyatReading,tojoinhimatChelseain2004。

ButitisGuardiola,Mourinhosnemesis,whoseexampleRodgershasalwaysstrivedtofollowanditwasinGuardiolasnativeSpainthathisideasabouthowtoplaythegametookshape。

Rodgers,43,isanexponentofthejoined-upcoachingphilosophypractisedbyclubslikeBarcelona,whereyouthplayersaretaughttoplayinthesamepossession-focusedwayasthefirstteam。

PriortojoiningMourinhoatChelsea,hespenttimetouringSpanishclubsBarcelona,Valencia,Sevillatolearnabouttheirdevelopmentofyoungplayers。

TheSpanishinfluencewasapparentatbothSwanseaandLiverpool。

LuisSuarez,theformerLiverpoolstriker,saysRodgersspoketohiminSpanishwhentheyfirstmetandtheUruguayinternationalappreciatedtheSpanishtouchesinRodgerssapproach。

YoucouldseeaSpanishinfluenceinthewaythatBrendanworked,Suarez,nowofBarcelona,wroteinhisautobiography。

HewasinterestedinSpain,hehadstudiedthereandwhathedlearnttherewasattheheartofourstyleofplay。

Passing,pressuringhigh,quickmovement,arrivingintothearearatherthanstandingtherewaitingforit,cominginsidefromwidepositions。

RodgerssplayingphilosophytookaLiverpoolteamspearheadedbySuarezandDanielSturridgetothebrinkofthePremierLeaguetitlein2014,butinaroundaboutway,italsoprovedtheteamsdownfall。

Itwaswhiledroppingbetweenthecentre-backstocollecttheballinthemannerofBarcelonasSergioBusquetsthatStevenGerrardsuccumbedtotheslipagainstChelseathatcostLiverpoolthetitle。

Laterthatyear,withLiverpooltoilingintheleague,RodgerslookedtoGuardiolaforideasagain。

Adoptingthe3-4-2-1playingsystemthatGuardiolahadintroducedatBayern,Rodgersinspiredhisteamtoarunof10winsandthreedrawsthatrejuvenatedtheirseason。

RodgersscommitmenttopassingfootballhasnotgoneunnoticedbyGuardiola。

IdontthinkthereisanydoubtaboutBrendansquality,theCitymanagersaidlastmonth。

Hewascloserthananyoneinthelast25yearstowinningthePremierLeagueatLiverpoolandhehasalotofexperience。

Guardiola,45,hasbeenpraisedforrevitalisingRaheemSterlingthisseason,buttheEnglandwingeralsoremainsgratefulfortheguidancehewasgivenbyRodgersduringtheirthreeyearsatLiverpool。

Hewasmassiveforme,Sterlingsaidthisweek。

EverymanagerthatIveworkedwith,IvetriedtolearnasmuchasIcan,andhesonethatIdefinitelylearntalotoff。

Credittohim,hewasafantasticguy。

Playingmeindifferentpositions,makingmeunderstandtherolesandmaturingincertainsystems。

Hegavemealotofconfidenceaswell。

LookingtorebuildhisreputationatCelticafterbeingsackedbyLiverpoolayearago,Rodgerssawhisnewsidedealtahumiliating7-0defeatbyBarcelonaontheiropeningGroupCouting。