Pep Guardiola has leapt to the defence of Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri following the Italian action after Manchester 6-0 win over the Blues at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Sarri and Guardiola are close friends and have respect for each other’s work, having met in the Champions League during Sarri’s time at Napoli.
Guardiola attempted to have a handshake with Sarri after the clash but the Italian walked away not paying attention to Guardiola before Gianfranco Zola made his way to the Spanish manager to shake him.
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“I know what he wants to do, this kind of person, these type of games,” Guardiola said.
“They beat us at Stamford Bridge and against Napoli last season it was tight, they were better at moments. But people don’t understand how difficult the first year can be. People need time.
“It only depends on the owners, the people in charge need to believe. I came to Manchester City, the bosses, chairman, Txiki [Begiristain, City’s technical director], he knows me.
“He doesn’t believe I’m bad when we lose and good when we win. That’s why I’m enjoying it in Manchester. We were good in all aspects and that’s why we won.”