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Di Matteo Sacked: Guardiola to Replace him at Chelsea?



Pep Guardiola has apparently already been approached by Chelsea over the managerial position at the club. Guardiola was reportedly being lined up by the West London club before the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo this morning.

Guardiola left Barcelona at the end of last season and has since been out of work as he takes a break from football to spend time with family. Sources suggest that Chelsea could now seriously pursue making Guardiola their new manager and his arrival could benefit Chelsea in a number of ways.

Chelsea already have the core of a side that appeals to the way that Guardiola likes to get his teams playing football. The midfield trio of Oscar, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard already means the club has a basic attacking structure for Guardiola to come in and base his team around.

He also has the experience of winning major titles regularly which will appeal to Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich. Chelsea is a football club where you don’t tend to last very long if you can’t ensure that silverware comes into the club regularly. Guardiola knows how to win domestic titles and he knows how to win the Champions League.

The former Barcelona coach said when he left Barcelona that he would be looking for a new and exciting challenge in football and the opportunity has presented itself. The same sources that suggest Chelsea have already approached his representatives also suggest he has been approached by clubs in Germany and Italy.

It will be a real test of Guardiola’s managerial skill if he takes over at Chelsea because the Premier League has proven to be one of the most difficult places for a new coach, inexperienced with English football, to come in and have an instant impact at one of the bigger clubs.

Chelsea need to act quickly because if they don’t try and tie down Guardiola over the next few years, another European club will benefit from his undoubted coaching talent.

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