What’s the story?
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Chelsea missed out on Europe’s top competition after finishing at fifth place in the Premier League last season.
The Italian boss was previously in charge of Napoli, who finished second in the Serie A last season.
Guardiola and Sarri are mutual admirers of one another with Pep once describing the Italian’s Napoli team as one of the toughest he’s faced after Manchester City’s win over the Serie A club in the group stage of the Champions League last campaign.
The heart of the matter
Speaking of his two favourites, Sarri said, “In Italy, Juventus have no rivals and they are already running away with the league. And this season they can win the Champions League.”
“There are two candidates: Juventus and Manchester City. I have always thought that Guardiola’s team has matured for the final climb to the top European level. For me, it is a two-horse race.”
However, Pep Guardiola has recently downplayed his side’s chances of a Champions League win. Speaking about the club’s European chances, Pep said on Sunday, “Our great success as a club was the Champions League semi-final, in all our history.
Whether City surprises their manager to win their first Champions League trophy is yet to be seen.