Pep astonished by Chelsea’s dismissals

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea speaks to Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Pep Guardiola feels his Chelsea counterpart Maurizio Sarri needs stability to prove his worth and he expressed dismay at the sacking culture at the club.

With Chelsea struggling on the pitch to produce the goods, the former Napoli manager has been under scrutiny with his future at the club a major doubt.

However, ahead of their Carabao Cup final clash against Chelsea, Pep Guardiola has come out in defence of Sarri making reference to his debut season in England.

He told Sky: “The situation is a little bit different. In my first year, the club never doubted me. It was never in the media that I’d be sacked if they lose this game or the other game. It never happened.

“Sometimes the situation is difficult and it needs time. The first season with Maurizio is the same. You need time but the people supported me here.

“The players knew who the manager was and everybody is in the right situation. After that, you can win or lose but it is stable. That is the best way to build something for a long time, not just a short period.”

The Chelsea hierarchy made the move to replace Antonio Conte with Sarri, who won the Premier League and FA Cup in two seasons at Stamford Bridge.

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Sarri’s recruitment was Chelsea’s 13th managerial appointment in the Roman Abramovich era.

Guardiola said: “I was surprised that when (Antonio) Conte won the title and they lost one or two games at the beginning of the (next) season, people started to say he was going to be sacked.

“I said, ‘Wow, but two or three months ago they won the Premier League’.

“But my opinion of Sarri and his teams is always high. When we reviewed the game against us, maybe people don’t believe me but they did incredible things.”


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