Pep Guardiola admits he has been surprised at the treatment of some Chelsea managers in the past and insists he holds a high opinion of Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.
Man City will play Chelsea this Sunday in the League Cup final with Sarri currently feeling the heat at Stamford Bridge after some disappointing results, including their 6-0 defeat against City almost two weeks ago.
Guardiola said he never had to deal with that pressure from City in his first year in charge, despite actually having a slightly inferior record than Sarri currently does with Chelsea.
“In my first year the club never doubted me, I was never in a position in the media where the club were going to sack me,” Guardiola told his pre-match press conference.
“Conte won the title then they lose one or two games and people say he will be sacked, I thought ‘wow’. My opinion of Sarri is always high.”
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager also felt the 6-0 scoreline between the sides in their recent Premier League game was a harsh outcome for the Blues as he felt Chelsea ‘played good’.
“In the game against us they did incredible things, but the first two goals were a mistake. When that happens it’s tough for the manager and for the team. They played good but we were so clinical.”