Pep Guardiola sends message to new Chelsea FC boss Maurizio Sarri

Pep Guardiola welcomes Maurizio Sarri to the Premier League and says Chelsea FC will be a force to be reckoned with next term

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola Photo: The Sport Review

Pep Guardiola has welcomed Maurizio Sarri to the Premier League and says that Chelsea FC will be one of Manchester City’s main rivals next season.

The Italian manager was brought in as Antonio Conte’s successor at Stamford Bridge last month as the west London side moved quickly to appoint a new boss.

Sarri will be aiming to steer Chelsea FC to a genuine Premier League title challenge next season after the Blues ended up in fifth place last season and won the FA Cup under Conte.

And Manchester City manager Guardiola believes that Sarri’s Chelsea FC side will be one of the main contenders for the Premier League title next season.

Speaking in a news conference quoted by Sky Sports, Guardiola said: “First of all I’m happy that a manager of that level is in the Premier League. I’m going to learn a lot to see him every weekend,” said Guardiola ahead of Sunday’s traditional curtain-raiser at Wembley.

“We are going to improve a lot because of his ideas here in England. I saw three games [of Chelsea] in pre-season and he got it. He did it – the team in a short time plays like he wants.

“Of course, he needs more time to work everything but the ideas are already there so I think it’ll be a good game [ on Sunday]. Chelsea is always a big rival, with Antonio Conte before and with Maurizio too.

“The way he plays I think will be perfect for English football. I’m so happy he came here.”

Chelsea FC have so far signed Jorginho and Rob Green so far this summer as they prepare for life under their new manager.

The Blues are expected to make some further new signings before the close of the transfer window on Thursday afternoon.

Guardiola’s Manchester City side were the top performers in the Premier League last season as they finished the campaign with a record 100 points and ran away with the title.

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