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Pep Guardiola says Frank Lampard fell foul of football’s bottom line after Chelsea sacking

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Pep Guardiola extended his sympathy to sacked Chelsea boss Frank Lampard – but said he fell foul of the fact football is a results business.

The former Chelsea midfielder, who wrapped up a stellar playing career with a sweet season at the Etihad Stadium, lost his job after a run of five defeats in the last eight games.

That included a 3-1 reverse at home to Guardiola ’s Manchester City, and has seen the Londoners plummet from title contention to ninth place.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is notoriously short on patience with managers, but Guardiola says that failure to secure points has the same outcome at every club.

“Here, you have to win,” he said, meaning at a club with trophy ambitions. “People talk about projects and ideas but it doesn’t exist. You have to win or you will be sacked.

“I respect the Chelsea decision but a huge hug for Frank, hopefully when the lockdown is over I can go to a restaurant and see him again.

“We depend on results, not the way we play or philosophy. You have to get results and if you don’t you will be replaced.”

Guardiola added that all managers need time and space to embed their ideas at a club – he got it despite ending his first season with City without a trophy.

But he said his lack of knowledge of the circumstances meant he as not criticising Chelsea’s decision.

“All managers need this, all ideas are good but I’m not judging Chelsea’s decision because I am not there,” he said. “Every decision has to be respected in that way.

“Sometimes journalists ask clubs to be patient when the journalists don’t have patience.

“Our world is to try to win as much as possible and if that doesn’t happen and you don’t have the sporting director and owner and board in the same line and know where you have to go … every manager needs time to do what you believe and let the players believe.

“That is exceptional, it happens in few places all around the world because everyone wants results immediately and win the Premier League in November rather than January, or January rather than May.

“It’s difficult to talk about projects because in one month you can drop everything you have built because opposition have good teams and managers too.”

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