Pep Guardiola agrees with Thomas Tuchel on reason for Chelsea’s defeat to Man City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has heaped praise on Chelsea after beating Thomas Tuchel’s side 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off.

Gabriel Jesus’ deflected strike was the only goal of the game as the hosts crashed to their first defeat of the Premier League season after a fast start to the 2021/22 campaign.

Reece James also limped out of the action in the first half, rubbing salt in the wounds for Chelsea, and some reports claim he could be out for up to six weeks following his collision with Jack Grealish.

After a disappointing 0-0 draw with Southampton, however, it was an important win for Guardiola’s side and the Spaniard was most pleased with the calibre of opposition they dispatched.

Come here and play our game. Sometimes you cannot do it if the opponent is better. We were encouraged to play high and they could not make the build-up like they are masters,” Guardiola told BT Sport after the game.

“They are so good, and that’s why I’m pleased for the way we played. Yeah, the king of the Champions League and the way we played.

“The team can always think and play good or bad but it doesn’t matter where we play we will try to do it and the lads were fantastic, in this stadium, against these opponents and did what we have done have made me so proud.”

Tuchel was also eager to praise his opposition during the post-match conference, agreeing with Guardiola that the brilliance of City was a factor in the Blues’ underwhelming performance.

“Part of performance is to make an opponent underperform and that is what City did today,” the German said.

“They were stronger, sharper, had more precision.”

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