After humiliating Chelsea 6-0, Pep Guardiola has now defended Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri’s style of play.

“I know what he wants to do, I think this kind of person, these type of games always help to make our football better,” said Guardiola. “They beat us at Stamford Bridge and against Napoli last season it was tight, they were better at moments.

“People don’t understand how difficult the first year can be. My first season here was difficult. In my first year we could not play in the way I wanted. People think if you buy players, you can immediately come in and win, but you need time. It just depends on the belief of the owners – if the people really believe in that.

“The main reason I decided to come to Manchester City is because the bosses and especially the chairman Txiki [Begiristain] know me. When the situation is not going well, we try to find a solution. He doesn’t believe I’m bad when we lose and good when we win. That’s why I’m enjoying this period here in Manchester with this club.”

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