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Sarri Explains Pep Handshake Snub

Maurizio Sarri Explains Pep Guardiola Handshake Snub

by David Kappel

Feb 11, 2019 08:27 AM

Tags: English Premier League Chelsea maurizio Sarri Pep Guardiola Manchester City

Following Chelsea’s embarrassing 6-0 loss to Manchester City, Blues coach Maurizio Sarri drew even more attention to himself after snubbing Pep Guardiola’s handshake at the final whistle and he has now explained his actions.

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City were leading Chelsea 4-0 after just 25 minutes, with the game ending in a 6-0 defeat – the club’s heaviest in 28 years.

Many already questioned Sarri’s tactics in the heavy loss, which was his side's fourth defeat away from home in 2019. However, the Italian tactician wote even more headlines after refusing to shake Guardiola’s hand after the game.

“I just didn’t see Pep, as at that moment I just wanted to go into the dressing room,” Sarri told Sky Italia.

“Then, as I always do, I went to salute him afterwards.”

The former Napoli boss also tried to explain his side’s collapse, which saw them drop to sixth place in the Premier League table.

“We’ll need to find the explanation for all this over the next few hours,” Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.

“My sensations before kick-off were good, as they were during the week. We conceded a stupid goal in the opening minutes that affected us for the whole game.

“Manchester City play fantastic football and I saw an extraordinary team. We had a total blackout.”

When asked whether he expects a call from Blues owner Roman Abramovich to discuss his future this week, Sarri insisted he would be happy to chat to the wealthy oligarch.

“If the President calls, I’ll be happy, seeing as I never hear from him. To be honest, I don’t know what to expect,” he added.

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Chelsea play Swedish side Malmo FF in the UEFA Europa League next, before hosting Manchester United in the FA Cup next weekend. City, meanwhile, climbed back to the top of the table, three points ahead of Liverpool with one game in hand.

Do you think Chelsea should sack Sarri? Have your say in the comments section below.

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Feb 11, 2019 06:27 PM

Heavy defeat for Chelsea, it reminds ne of the defeat the might bucs suffered at the hands of downs two seasons ago!

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Feb 11, 2019 02:55 PM

Honestly!! Pep Guardiola is the real "SPECIAL-ONE". Is just the matter of time before England approach him to help them fix their squad. And you know what... He's going to reject that offer. Pep doesn't like lazy jobs. National team coaching is a lazy job. Pep is a hard worker and he like challenges. My message to Liverpool is that... They must make sure that they don't slip again, because Pep and Aguerro are still coming for more points collection.

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Feb 11, 2019 01:52 PM

This Madala is confused man! playing ngolo kante on the wing created a lot of space in the middle of the park. this man is not a Chelsea material kind of a coach

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