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Maurizio Sarri explains why he snubbed Pep Guardiola handshake after Chelsea loss

Maurizio Sarri explains why he snubbed Pep Guardiola handshake after Chelsea loss

Maurizio Sarri snubbed Pep Guardiola's handshake and went straight down the tunnel after Chelsea's defeat
The Italian went straight down the tunnel at full-time (Picture: Premier League/Sky Sports)

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri insists he did not intentionally snub Pep Guardiola’s post-match handshake after Manchester City won 6-0 at the Etihad on Sunday. When the full-time whistle was blown, the Italian walked straight past Guardiola’s outstretched hand and down the tunnel, with assistant Gianfranco Zola having to placate the Spaniard instead. But rather than being furious with his counterpart, Sarri says he simply did not see the City manager as he made a beeline for the dressing room to digest a painful performance.

Chelsea's Italian head coach Maurizio Sarri (L) leaves the pitch as Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola (R) shakes hands with Chelsea's Italian assistant first team coach Gianfranco Zola following the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Burnley at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on February 10, 2019. - Manchester City won the match 6-0. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Sarri walked straight down the tunnel after the full-time whistle (Picture: AFP)

‘I didn’t see him at the time but I will go to say hello to him later, as usual,’ Sarri explained at his post-match press conference. ‘I wanted to go to the dressing room and in the moment I didn’t see him. I have no problem with him.’ Sarri says he’s ‘at risk’ of losing his job, after City thrashing Play Video Loaded: 0% 0:00Progress: 0% PlayMute Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 3:36 Fullscreen

Guardiola also insisted he had no issue with Sarri after his stormed down the tunnel, while he is sympathetic towards the job the Italian is trying to do in transforming Chelsea’s playing style. ‘I just spoke with Zola, Sarri didn’t see me,’ said Guardiola afterwards. ‘I have a great relationship with him, no problem.’

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On Sarri’s long-term project at Chelsea, he added: ‘I know what he wants to do, this football always helps to make us better. They want to try to do it, they beat us at Stamford Bridge. ‘The people don’t understand how difficult it is to do something. The people expect that it immediately comes, it needs time. It only is the belief of the owners. Today we were really good and why we won.’

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