Maurizio Sarri claims he didn’t snub Pep Guardiola after Chelsea’s 6-0 mauling in the hands Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
The Blues were condemned to their heaviest loss in Premier League history and their worst in any competition since 1991.
And the former Napoli manager revealed the opening goal ruined the game plan and credited Guardiola’s men.
“We’ll need to find the explanation for all this over the next few hours,” Sarri told Football Italia via Sky.
“My sensations before kick-off were good, as they were during the week. We conceded a stupid goal in the opening minutes that affected us for the whole game.
“Manchester City play fantastic football and I saw an extraordinary team. We had a total blackout.”
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Sarri insists he didn’t see his City counterpart Guardiola after the encounter as he rejected snub claims.
“I just didn’t see Pep, as at that moment I just wanted to go into the dressing room. Then, as I always do, I went to salute him afterwards.”
There are inevitably questions around Sarri’s future after this historic 6-0 result.
“Matches like this can leave a mark. It won’t be easy to get back on our feet after this. Football is also made of heavy defeats. At half-time, I told the lads that if we were able to react, we’d come back stronger than ever.”
Sarri was asked if he was expecting a call from patron Roman Abramovich, but the answer pointed towards the power structure at Chelsea.
“If the President calls, I’ll be happy, seeing as I never hear from him. To be honest, I don’t know what to expect.”