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Guardiola sends message to Chelsea about sacking Potter after 4-0 defeat

Pep Guardiola believes Graham Potter deserves more time after Chelsea were knocked out of the FA Cup third-round by Manchester City.

City thrashed Chelsea 4-0 at the Etihad on Sunday, with the goals from Riyad Mahrez, Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden.

The game was already over after 38 minutes when Guardiola’s side scored their third, with the Blues looking totally out of their depth, managing just three shots, one on target, in the whole game.

Chelsea have just one win in seven games now, and have lost to City three times already this season in the space of just two months by a combined scoreline of 7-0.

Fans made their voices heard throughout the game, calling for Potter to be sacked and replaced with former manager Thomas Tuchel, as well as the return of former owner Roman Abramovich.

But Guardiola has rushed to his opponents’ aid and urged the London club not to pull the trigger on the English coach.

‘He’s right, he’s right,’ the City manager said in his post-match press conference when questioned about Potter asking for more time at Chelsea.

‘Give him time. I know at big clubs results are important but give him time. ‘What he did at Brighton was outstanding, but all the managers need time he is right. In Barcelona I didn’t need two seasons because I had [Lionel] Messi there.’

Guardiola didn’t win a single piece of silverware in his first season at the Etihad, the first time he had ever finished a campaign trophyless, before winning the Premier League the second year with a record 100 points.

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