Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, has offered Chelsea some suggestions on how to handle Graham Potter’s time as the club’s manager.
After Thomas Tuchel was fired in September due to a sluggish start to the season, Potter took over as Chelsea’s head coach.
There is hope that Potter, 47, can help lead Chelsea into a new era under Todd Boehly thanks to his tactical nous and understanding of the game. Potter built an impressive reputation as a coach and developer of young players during his time at Brighton.
A few people have already criticized Potter’s tactics, specifically the choice to use Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic as attacking wing-backs, but Guardiola has defended Potter by giving Chelsea some advice ahead of the pair’s Carabao Cup match.
“If Chelsea accept my humble advice, give him time and he will do well,” Guardiola said. “They got good results but the way they play, when I saw the game against Brighton that they lost, I saw many things I remember from his period in Brighton. But he needs time, everybody needs time.
“No one has success from day one or two, I have a lot of admiration for his work.
“What he did at Brighton was beyond exceptional and I’m pretty sure with time he will do a good job, I don’t have any doubts.
“He is one of the best managers from my point of view, we have in this league.”
Both teams are expected to make significant changes for their meeting at the Etihad Stadium, with a number of senior players hoping to maintain their fitness ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.