Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. (Reuters Photo/Lee Smith)

Ranieri Will Find New Job Immediately: Guardiola


MARCH 01, 2017

London. Claudio Ranieri will not have to wait long for another job following his sacking by Leicester City, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday (28/02).

Leicester's decision to sack Ranieri less than 300 days after he took them to the Premier League title reverberated around the football world and surprised Guardiola.

"Yes of course [it was a surprise]," the Spaniard, whose side face second-tier Huddersfield Town in an FA Cup fifth round replay on Wednesday, told reporters.

"But I think Claudio has to be proud. He is going to immediately find a new job."

Leicester rediscovered their form on Monday in their first match since Ranieri's sacking last week, outplaying Liverpool 3-1 to climb out of the relegation zone.

"Yesterday I saw the game against Liverpool, it was his legacy. The way that Leicester played was outstanding," he said.

"In 50 years' time people will talk about what Leicester achieved with this group. The first game after he left, Leicester played like they did last season."

With no Premier League game last weekend, Manchester City enjoyed a short break in Abu Dhabi before returning to face promotion-chasing Huddersfield.

"We just trained two days. We cleared our minds. We stayed together and we worked together," Guardiola said.

"[Huddersfield] are [near the] top of the Championship and sometimes the teams on the top of the Championship are stronger than some of the teams in the Premier League."

City, who are third in the Premier League and well-placed to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a 5-3 home win against Monaco last week, will be without defender Vincent Kompany again on Wednesday.