Pep Guardiola preaches patience to Chelsea owner

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Pep Guardiola believes Graham Potter needs more time to get his team together at Chelsea following Chelsea’s 4-0 defeat to City in the FA Cup.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists Chelsea owner should be patient with manager Graham Potter has he believes the former Brighton boss needs some time.

Chelsea fell to another defeat to Manchester City in the FA Cup last night and saw them out of the cup game.

Riyad Mahrez scores Manchester City's fourth goal from the penalty spot
Image:Riyad Mahrez scores Manchester City’s fourth goal from the penalty spot

Speaking in his own post-match press conference, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola urged the Chelsea owner to show some patience as Potter implements his desired system at Stamford Bridge.

“I would say to Todd Boehly, give him time. I know in the big clubs the results are important but give him time. The second half is what he is. What he has done in Brighton is outstanding. All the managers need time.

“At Barcelona, I had [Lionel] Messi there. That is why I did not need two seasons. One is enough. But everyone needs it.

“To play against City when we are at this level, in the Carabao Cup or here [in the FA Cup] it is not easy. Not just for Chelsea but for any team.”

Chelsea fans were chanting about former manager Thomas Tuchel at Etihad, when asked how hard is it to turn it around with that atmosphere around him Potter stated that: “We can’t do anything apart from do our jobs better and work harder. We understand the supporters’ frustration, that’s understandable and we respect that. But our job is to do our job.

“We just have to keep working and see the situation for what it is. Of course, there are always other opinions and there is always negativity and criticism because the results have not been positive. That is part of the job, part of the challenge.”



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