Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has sympathised with his Chelsea counterpart Maurizio Sarri and says he should be given more time.
City thrashed the Blues 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, Chelsea’s heaviest loss in any competition since 1991 and the Italian’s worst league defeat as a professional manager.
However, Guardiola defended Sarri – who replaced Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge in the summer – by pointing to his own struggles in his first Premier League season and Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over City in December.
The City boss also highlighted the job Sarri had done at Napoli, who City played in the Champions League last season, and suggested that the 60-year-old needed “belief” from Chelsea’s owners to take the club forward.
When asked if he sympathised with Sarri, Guardiola said: “Yes of course. I know exactly what he wants to do. I think this kind of person – it always helps to make our (Premier League) football better. Read more