On the eve of the Premier League derby at Stamford Bridge against Manchester City, Chelsea chief Maurizio Sarri asked for patience after his team suffered two defeats in their last three Premier League outings
After an outstanding start of the season, the Blues have struggled to maintain the impressive performance in the past few weeks, having failed to secure all three points in three out of their previous four league clashes.
After running unbeaten in 18 games across all competitions, the London outfit has suffered a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at the Wembley Stadium. What’s more, they allowed the returnees, Wolverhampton Wanderers, to come back from a goal down and clinch a 2-1 victory last midweek.
However, former Napoli manager believes he needs to get some time to help his side return to the top of the Premier League.
“What happens if Guardiola had no time in City? Maybe the best team in the world (would not have been) City in the last year,” he told Evening Standard.
“My problem is to improve my players, to solve the situation, to solve problems, to try to gain a lot of points.
“Then there is the club that will decide what is better for them.
“For him (Guardiola), it’s impossible to improve 20 players in the first season.
“He told me, in the first season, you have to work only on 14, 15 players otherwise you are in trouble.
“You need a season just to understand the real situation here (in England).”
With Chelsea expected to take on the Citizens on Saturday’s afternoon, Maurizio Sarri is poised to take Guardiola’s scalp as his team trails the unbeaten Premier League leaders by ten points.