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Pep Guardiola Surprised at Mauricio Pochettino Sacking

Pep Guardiola Surprised at Mauricio Pochettino Sacking Photo: TT
Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Manchester City - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - November 10, 2019 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola gestures to the fans after the match Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said he’s shocked former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino got the sack.

Guardiola was talking ahead of their Chelsea game in a press conference that was broadcast on YouTube by Hayters.

When asked if he was surprised Pochettino got the sack, the Spaniard replied: “A little, Mauricio has done an incredible job. All managers are judged on the titles you win but it’s not the truth. All the work he has done in the time he was there I think the club has got better.”Managers want to leave any club feeling like they have improved things, continued the City boss, and that things are better than when they first arrived and Pochettino is able to do that.

Jose Mourinho was quickly installed into the hot seat and Pep reassured those Spurs fans who think this is a bad decision by Daniel Levy.“He was many years here in different clubs so welcome back. He’s an incredible manager and I’m sure he’ll do a good job,” commented Guardiola.

Mourinho will pick up the pieces on a season that has gone from bad to worse for Spurs. They are currently 14th in the league with just three wins and a goal difference of just +1.

In no mood to talk

The Chelsea clash will be the first time Raheem Sterling features in the Premier League after his public spat with Joe Gomez on England duty, but the City boss decided to remain tight lipped on the issue.

“We are good, I spoke with him, and its fine. He’s an excellent guy and they have a good relationship,” he added when asked about the mental state of Sterling.

Gomez was confronted by Sterling in the England canteen after Liverpool beat City to secure an eight point lead at the top of the Premier League, but Guardiola refused to comment on whether the heat of the title race went to his player’s head.

Russell hughes
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