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For the first time in his career, Pep Guardiola suffered a home and away defeat by the same team in a single season.

Guardiola’s Manchester City fell to a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, and the City coach has confessed that he felt intimidated when he saw the Chelsea players warming up before the game started.

“I don’t like to be reactive, I like my teams to be proactive,” the former Barcelona boss explained.

“I like to be the main role in the game, and we did it. When they had the ball we tried, we went to pick it up.

“Of course it’s not easy. When I saw in the warm-up all the (Chelsea) players, all of them are two metres (tall), strong, fast. Eleven players there, it’s so complicated to find a solution, and we did it.”

“Sometimes you analyse when you’re winning you’re good, but today our performance was 1000 miles better than the Arsenal game. Much, much, much better,” he said.

“Of course, I’d have like to have taken a point, one or three to be there, but it was not possible, hopefully next season we will be more stronger to do that.”

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