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Zola: Sarri struggles similar to Guardiola’s first season at Man City

Gianfranco Zola has likened Maurizio Sarri’s current struggles at Chelsea to those encountered by Pep Guardiola during his first season at Manchester City.

Chelsea got off to a flying start to the season, starting the campaign with an impressive 12 match unbeaten run in the league, with some suggesting they could challenge Liverpool and Man City for the title.

However, since then, the wheels have seemingly fallen off, with the Blues losing six games in their last 14 Premier League outings, including embarrassing defeats against Bournemouth (4-0) and Man City (6-0) which has seen them slide to sixth.

While some reports are suggesting that manager Maurizio Sarri is on the brink of being sacked, his assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has likened the teams struggles to those encountered by Pep Guardiola during his first season in English football.

“How do you know that we are not making changes?” Zola said in his pre-match press conference ahead of tonight’s game against Manchester United.

“We are adjusting a few things but without changing where we want to go. The direction is always the same.

“Two years ago you were probably asking the same questions to Pep Guardiola. I do remember you asking him, ‘is that the case that you keep playing from the back?’

“And I remember the answers of Pep, saying, ‘this is not in discussion, this is part of my game, I know I am going through this difficult moment, and I don’t change it’.”

Guardiola only managed to finish third in his first season at Man City, with some questioning whether his tiki-taka style was suited to the Premier League. However, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss answered his critics is sensational style, breaking a whole host of records on the way to winning the title last season.

Read also: Chelsea v Man Utd – FA Cup preview and betting tips.

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