Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Chelsea Boss Hails Pep as Genius

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Chelsea Boss Hails Pep as Genius

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NEW Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has described Pep Guardiola as 'a genius' ahead of the new Premier League season.

Sarri will renew rivalries with the Blues boss in England after a couple of blockbuster clashes between City and Napoli lit up the Champions League last year.

After the first of those encounters at the Etihad, which City won 2-1, Guardiola said Napoli were one of the best teams he had faced during his career.

There is mutual respect between the two men and that was evident during Sarri's first press conference as Chelsea boss. "He is a class act, a champion, a genius, so it is difficult to explain what his insights are," Sarri said of Guardiola.

"Clearly in his first year he had some difficulties as well. However, I think that getting 100 points in the Premier League [as City did last year] is an extraordinary feat. …

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