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Maurizio Sarri: 'Chelsea do not need to follow Pep Guardiola's example and spend £200m in the summer to win the title'

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Maurizio Sarri has revealed that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola warned him that he would not be able to improve all of his Chelsea players during his first year in charge.

But head coach Sarri has ruled out following Guardiola’s example and spending £200 million to improve his squad at the end of his first season.

Guardiola won his opening 10 games as City manager, but the club eventually finished the Spaniard’s first season third in the Premier League table and without a trophy.

Sarri started life at Chelsea with an 18-game unbeaten run, but the Blues look on course for a battle to finish in the top four after losing two of their last three Premier League games ahead of City’s visit to Stamford Bridge.

It was in June, before he was officially appointed by Chelsea the following month, that Sarri met with Guardiola and the former Italy and AC Milan manager Arrigo Sacchi.

Asked what Guardiola had told him, Sarri said: “He told me the first season in England is really very difficult.

For him, it's impossible to improve, in the first season, 20 players.
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