The Catalan said the club’s short-term vision made snub the job.
Victory for Pep Guardiola in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Chelsea will intensify questions about Manchester City’s quest for an unprecedented “quadruple”, although it is a topic the manager is in no hurry to discuss and not just because he was quick to point out that his club can, technically, win five trophies this season. During the press conference Guardiola revealed the one Premier League club he would have never joined and it’s not Manchester United.
Pep Guardiola has taken a swipe at trigger happy Chelsea’s short-term approach to hiring and firing managers – and insisted he never entertained the prospect of taking over at Stamford Bridge. Parallels have been drawn between Guardiola’s turbulent first season at Manchester City and the Catalan’s refusal to compromise his principles to Maurizio Sarri’s stubborn approach during his troubled debut campaign at Chelsea.
But in a clear show of support for Sarri on the eve of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley, Guardiola insisted it was impossible to compare their situations because he enjoyed the unwavering support of City’s powerbrokers. And despite Roman Abramovich’s attempts to bring Guardiola to Stamford Bridge earlier in his managerial career, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach claimed it was never an option he considered as he stressed the importance of managers being given time.
The Manchester City manager is flabbergasted at the intense scrutiny Maurizio Sarri is currently under ahead of a major cup final on Sunday. The Manchester City boss is surprised by the levels of speculation over Maurizio Sarri’s future at Stamford Bridge. Guardiola believes he benefited from the faith shown in him during a testing first season at the Etihad Stadium and has suggested Chelsea should follow a similar approach.
Guardiola said, “In my first year never the club doubted me. It was never in the media that I’d be sacked if we lose this game. I was surprised that when (Antonio) Conte won the title and they lost one or two games at the beginning of the season, people start to say he was going to be sacked.
Wow, but two or three months ago they won the Premier League.” Pep Guardiola has revealed that he was never an option to become manager at Chelsea. He said, “I was never a potential option for Chelsea. I decided to go to Bayern Munich and came here with Ferran (Soriano) and Txiki (Begiristain), they trust me and I trust them.”
Guardiola further added, “In the first season when it was difficult I said we needed time and they supported me. The players knew who was the manager and who would be the manager. It was stable, that’s the best way to do something for a long time, not just a short period.”
Guardiola is right. The Spaniard is one of those people who want to work for a long vision and promote academy players. Guardiola’s vision is contrast tp Chelsea’s vision and structure.