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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was wanted by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich after he stepped down as Barcelona boss.

Abramovich was impressed with Barcelona’s style of play under Guardiola and made a move to bring the Spaniard to Stamford Bridge but Guardiola opted to join Bayern Munich instead.

Guardiola has now revealed he never wanted the Chelsea job because of the amount of time managers are afforded at Chelsea. According to Guardiola, managers require more time than they are given at Chelsea.

Guardiola also questioned Chelsea’s sacking of Antonio Conte.

“In my first year never the club doubted me,” Guardiola said. “It was never in the media that I’d be sacked if we lose this game.

“I was surprised that when (Antonio) Conte won the title and they lost one or two games at the beginning of the season, people start to say he was going to be sacked.

“I said: ‘Wow, but two or three months ago they won the Premier League’.

“I was never a potential option for Chelsea. I decided to go to Bayern Munich and came here with Ferran (Soriano) and Txiki (Begiristain), they trust me and I trust them.

“In the first season when it was difficult I said we needed time and they supported me. The players knew who was the manager and who would be the manager.

“It was stable, that’s the best way to do something for a long time, not just a short period.”

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is already under huge pressure at the club after recent poor results that have seen Chelsea drop out of the top four. Chelsea fans have turned on the Italian recently after heavy defeats to Bournemouth and Manchester City and there are reports the Italian could be sacked if Chelsea lose to Manchester City or Tottenham.

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