'He will do well': Pep Guardiola raves about Chelsea man he rates as one of the best in the Premier League

Pep Guardiola predicts Graham Potter will do really well at Chelsea if he’s given the time.

Manchester City boss Guardiola, 51, has given big praise to his managerial counterpart.

Potter, who’s now two months into his role as Chelsea’s head coach, is finding out all about life on the biggest stage.

The 47-year-old manager started fairly well at Stamford Bridge with some positive results, including Champions League form that has set up a last 16 tie with Borussia Dortmund next year.

However, there’s a few disgruntled Chelsea supporters after back-to-back Premier League defeats.

Next, the Blues travel to the Etihad Stadium to play Man City on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup third round.

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Guardiola predicts Potter will do well

Ahead of Manchester City’s match against Chelsea, Guardiola has decided to be extremely complimentary of his opposite number.

He’s a big admirer of Potter for what he achieved at Brighton, something he believes he can replicate over time at the Bridge.

Guardiola rates him among the Premier League’s best coaches, too.

“If Chelsea accept my humble advice, give him time and he will do well,” he 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.”

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Rio Ferdinand explained this week he’s convinced Potter will come good at Chelsea, so it sounds like he’s got the support from within the football world.

The World Cup break is going to be a good period for him to take stock on the start of his Blues career. It will provide him with time to design more plans for his squad of players, too.

The break is going to feel a lot easier for him if his side can carve out results in the next two games, though.

It would be great to start a cup run by knockout out favourites Man City tonight. However, this weekend’s league match against Newcastle United already feels really significant at this early stage in the sesaon.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.