I wish it wasn't 6-0 - Guardiola fears fuelling Chelsea fire

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Guardiola said: "The situation [Sarri's] is a little bit different [to mine]".

The report claims that Hudson-Odoi's frustrations have boiled over, and having previously submitted a transfer request to seal a January move away from Chelsea, he is now determined to call it quits at the Premier League club come summer.

"It was never in the media that I'd be sacked if they lose this game".

Guardiola said: "I was surprised that when (Antonio) Conte won the title and they lost one or two games at the beginning of the (next) season, people started to say he was going to be sacked".

Chelsea ended City's unbeaten start to the 2018/19 season when they won 2-0 in December, before Pep Guardiola's side took revenge with a 6-0 thumping earlier this month.

Thursday night's 3-0 home win against Malmo in the Europa League offered some brief respite for under-fire manager Maurizio Sarri but he remains favorite for the chop.

"I don't like to play in a short period of time with one team when you beat them before, I don't like it too much".

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He is competing with players who have had lengthy careers in football and making them look like debutants.

That these tactics have a snappy shorthand does not appear to be overly helpful - as demonstrated by the "F*** Sarriball" chants during Monday's 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge - but the 60-year-old Italian insists his reign will stand or fall by results, not style. But it's what it is. They are used to winning, and now we are in trouble. "I made a decision to go to Munich and came here with Ferran and Txiki, they trust me and I trust them".

Guardiola's out-and-out strikers each take shots worth nearly a full expected goal per game, with 0.85 xG per 90 for Aguero and 0.82 for Jesus.

N'Golo Kante is an automatic pick but Sarri will then have to choose between Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek for the final midfield berth.

"But for this manager, in this team, that's not his best characteristic". That was my feeling.

"I spoke with my staff and they had the same opinion. Of course, sometimes, it gets mental, but at the end of the day you have to do your job".

Gabriel Jesus, John Stones and Benjamin Mendy all sat out the trip to Schalke with respective hamstring, groin and knee problems, although Guardiola thinks the trio have a chance of being involved at the weekend. We will be getting ready to play the game.

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