Pep Guardiola has revealed his belief that Chelsea are having an ‘exceptional’ season and are still in the race for the Premier League title.
Guardiola is renown for being a little bit weird at times with his opinions, and this is exactly why. Pep has walked into the press room, having converted Joseph’s technicoloured coat into a jumper knitted by his grandma, and said some really questionable things about us.
Chelsea are not having a good season, whichever way you spin it. A club of our stature should be tussling Liverpool and Manchester City for the title at the top of the table. At the very least, we should be in a far more comfortable position in terms of Champions League qualification.
Instead, we head into this fixture at the Etihad in fifth position, 15 points off leaders Liverpool and having allowed Manchester United to catch up with us following the appointment of club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Despite all that, Pep believes we’re doing well.
He’s quoted by Sky Sports saying:
“The season for them is exceptional – final of the Carabao Cup, Europa League through and in the Premier League they are there, even if people don’t believe it.”
“They have a chance to be champions – nine points [behind] but a lot of games to play.”
Is this mind games, or what? Chelsea are quite clearly no longer in the title race – and are certainly more than nine points adrift. Guardiola may well have been attempting to stick up for good friend Maurizio Sarri. If that was the case, he hasn’t done a very good job.