Pep Guardiola reacts to Chelsea's decision to sack Frank Lampard

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has offered his support to Frank Lampard after he was dismissed by Chelsea and says he hopes they can meet over dinner once the lockdown eases.

The Blues beat Luton Town to book their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday but the victory was not enough to save Lampard, with former Borussia Dortmund and PSG manager Thomas Tuchel in line to take over the reins in west London.

In an official statement, Chelsea said the side’s poor run across an immensely disappointing winter period left them with little option and the ‘very difficult decision’ was made to sack the 42-year-old after just 18 months at the helm.

Lampard came under intense pressure after his Chelsea side were comprehensively beaten by City at Stamford Bridge earlier this month – their fourth defeat in six games – and the result saw Guardiola’s men touted as genuine title challengers once again.

Guardiola has so far survived the sack at all three of his clubs but believes Lampard’s dismissal just goes to show that he and other managers cannot afford to take the job for granted.

‘Young and old managers – here you have to win,’ Guardiola said when asked about the news at his press conference on Monday.

‘The people talk about projects and ideas but it doesn’t exist. You have to win, if not, you will be sacked. 

‘I respect the decision from Chelsea, of course, but a huge hug for Frank and hopefully I can see him soon. When the lockdown will be over I can go to the restaurant to see him again.’

The Spaniard underlined how he and all managers are vulnerable in what is ultimately a results-driven business.

‘He was appointed at a team like Chelsea after the good job he had done at Derby County, these people deserve it,’ Guardiola added.

‘But we depend on the results, not the way we play, not about philosophy or these kind of things or the projects.

‘You have to get results. If you don’t, you will be replaced by another manager.’

It’s understood Chelsea are keen to appoint Tuchel before their Premier League clash at home to Wolves on Wednesday evening.

The 47-year-old has been out of a job since being sacked by PSG last month.

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