Man City boss Guardiola speaks to Tuchel and Chelsea players in wake of club sanction

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has sympathy for Thomas Tuchel and his Chelsea players after the club was seized from owner Roman Abramovich by the UK Government today.

Guardiola spoke just hours after the Government’s announcement and refused to be drawn on any impact the developments may have on the Premier League.

He said: “I don’t have an opinion sorry. I saw headlines but I don’t know exactly what happened. Give me a few more days to understand exactly what has happened.

“I don’t know what is going to happen. It’s an uncomfortable position for the players and for Thomas Tuchel. I feel sorry for them because they are there to do their jobs.”

The Manchester City boss went on to say: “We are the face of the club, we are here every few days. You have to understand there are subjects we don’t know and don’t have an hour lesson to speak and talk about.

“I prefer – when I don’t have a knowledgeable opinion on a subject – to wait because I don’t want to say something uncomfortable for that club.

“I can talk about my club, more than comfortable. Last week I couldn’t talk about United, I’m not there. Same with Chelsea.

“The position for Chelsea manager and players, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I prefer when I don’t have knowledge, wait and this is what I have to do. I don’t want to say anything uncomfortable for Chelsea or our club.”

Guardiola claimed he would be ready to discuss Chelsea in more depth once he has sat down with City chief executive Ferran Soriano.

He added: “It looks like we have to know absolutely everything. We are human beings. I don’t know.

“I talk about Ukraine. This situation, why he’s banned, I don’t know the reason why. I don’t know, maybe next press conference I have a clearer opinion, speak with my CEO to see the exact reason why.

Study online and get a masters degree in choice discipline – apply now