Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is wary of a backlash from Chelsea even after a 6-0 win which he believes was mostly Chelsea’s own making.
Embattled Sarri will claim a trophy if he leads Chelsea to victory in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against City but Guardiola’s side 6-0 demolition in this month’s Premier League meeting is still a talking point to many.
“When we lost there and when we won here, my opinion of Sarri and his teams is always high. When we reviewed the game against us, maybe people don’t believe me, but they did incredible things,” said Guardiola.
“The first goal was a mistake, they were not paying attention. The (third) one (Ross) Barkley made a mistake. The second one, Sergio (Aguero) scores an incredible goal.
Despite Chelsea’s troubles, Guardiola is wary about facing them two weeks after thumping them at the Etihad.
He felt that was a harsh scoreline and insists Chelsea are still a quality side.
“I don’t like to play the same team in a short period of time when you’ve beaten them so much,” he said.
“They are incredible professional players. They are proud and they will do extra against us.
“The situation is completely different. When we lost there and when we won here, my opinion of Sarri and his teams is always high.
“When we reviewed the game against us here, maybe people won’t believe me, but they did incredible things.”
“In that moment I was so happy to beat them 6-0, but now in this moment I would prefer not to have beaten them 6-0,” admitted Guardiola, who has stressed to his players the danger of a Chelsea side out for revenge.
Guardiola hopes Manchester United will do City a huge favour in the title race before kick-off at Wembley by beating rivals Liverpool .
Yet he says City will not watch the game at Old Trafford because they will be focused on their own preparations.
“I think we will be in the stadium changing, preparing, doing our warm-up, getting ready,” he said. “We won’t have time to look at that game.”