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Guardiola: Players decide matches, not managers

Guardiola: Players decide matches, not managers

09 Feb 2019, 14:45

Pep Guardiola says it is players who decide big games and not managers.

The Manchester City boss was speaking ahead of Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday. Guardiola insists that players, rather than coaches, are responsible for deciding big matches. 

"(It is) not Sarri, Pep, Jurgen (Klopp) or any manager. This game belongs to the players and important games belong to special players," said Guardiola. 

"Sometimes the best tennis players, when they need a point to save a break, they make ace. The big moments, always the big athletes come. Sometimes players hide in those moments but others step forward and say, I'm the boss and I'm going to win this game. The big clubs need these kind of players. It's simple," he added. 

On facing Sarri 

"I met him (Sarri) last season when we played against Napoli and I was so curious because I enjoyed, a lot, watching his Napoli," Guardiola said. Winning in Italy is not easy with Juventus but they made 90 points and played incredible football.

"I think the season from Chelsea is exceptional. They are in the final of the Carabao Cup, in the Europa League they went through easy, and in the Premier League they are there

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