Pep Guardiola: Man City manager praises his 'outstanding' players

Aubrey Yates
February 11, 2019

It seems like Rudiger is becoming something of a spokesman for Chelsea players after poor performances.

While Chelsea are aiming to finish in the top four and achieve Champions League football next season.

"I don't know at the moment, but I think that [talks] will happen".

"So now we need only to understand the reason why at the moment it isn't working".

Asked what he thought of Aguero's miss, Guardiola said: "He said to me he saw Kepa coming quick to close the space and he wanted to be precise, close to the post".

However, head coach Sarri still has no intention of changing his philosophy.

City signed off from Premier League duty for a few weeks with a statement victory that heaps huge pressure on Liverpool to get a result when they play their game in hand at Manchester United in a fortnight.

"We need to understand". I've just said thank you to them for what they have done'. I am anxious about the performance but my job is always at risk so I am not anxious about the club.

"This kind of person, these type of games, the football helps to make it better".

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The Argentine striker's afternoon got much better soon after, however, curving home a sublime 25-yard effort before poaching a third to become City's all-time leading league scorer.

Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard did threaten at times, but they could do nothing to prevent Chelsea's humiliation.

"Today, I didn't see my football", he said after the humiliating defeat. "My first year was hard too".

When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho at Manchester United in December, it appeared Chelsea were in a straight tussle with Arsenal for fourth spot, with Sarri's side three points ahead of their London rivals and 11 above United.

"The people expect that it immediately comes, it needs time".

To show how things have turned around, United now have a better goal difference than Chelsea, having been 21 goals worse off before Solskjaer's first game against Cardiff on December 22. Standing between Chelsea and the League Cup is City in the final on February 24 at Wembley Stadium.

There appeared to be nerves creeping into rivals Liverpool's game following back-to-back draws prior to Saturday's 3-0 win over Bournemouth.

A key turning point came on the hour when Jamie Vardy missed a penalty for Leicester with his first touch of the game.

It does not get much more hard than that, although the Chelsea players and Sarri, who face City at Wembley on the same day, might beg to differ.

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