Pep Guardiola ‘proud’ of City after Chelsea demolition and praises Sergio Aguero

11 February, 2019, 08:53 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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Ten years ago this weekend, Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked after a 0-0 draw against Hull City at Stamford Bridge.

"This is going to be City's toughest game of the week, because Chelsea have got some very good players".

"You never used to say that about Chelsea".

The Spaniard empathises with the scrutiny Sarri is under and believes the former Napoli coach needs time to implement his ideas.

He was appointed to make Chelsea as easy on the eye as Guardiola's City and it remains to be seen whether he will, but Sarri at least has support from his opposite number in Sunday.

"The desire to want to do the best is incredible and similar [to that at Barca]", Guardiola told a news conference. Football is better if you stay calm. They (Chelsea) beat us at Stamford Bridge, but people don't understand how hard it is.

What Barkley was thinking when he headed the ball back towards his own goal from 20 yards out is hard to understand.

"Out of nothing", Sterling said, "he can put the ball in the top corner and players like this, you have got to cherish". So no, because at the beginning (of the season) it (his style of football) worked.


"He said to me he saw Kepa coming quick to close the space and he wanted to go close to the post and that's why he missed it".

"It was really very hard not to give them space and so we were in trouble, but I am not able to understand because as I said before in the week I had a very good feeling", he said. Something is changing. I am not able to see the reason but we have to work for this. "They played fantastic football and we made a lot of mistakes".

Winning that trophy alone will not be enough to keep him in a job, however.

The west London outfit are down to sixth and a point off Manchester United in fourth and while they face the same opponents in the FA Cup fifth round and have a Carabao Cup final against City later this month, speculation has increased over Sarri's future. Instead, the day was about reclaiming top spot from Liverpool, and they did so in comprehensive fashion.

Most of the damage came in a whirlwind opening 25 minutes, with Aguero hitting his first two of the afternoon between strikes from Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan.

"We are there, we are the leaders, but Liverpool have one more game [in hand]".

The City manager stopped short of comparing his current team with his Barcelona side that won six trophies in his first season in charge, but he offered an interesting insight into the mindset of the club's players and staff.

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