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Guardiola’s Message To Cole Palmer Ahead Of Manchester City vs Chelsea Showdown



Guardiola's Message To Cole Palmer Ahead Of Man City vs Chelsea Showdown
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Ahead of the upcoming Premier League clash between Manchester City and Chelsea today, Pep Guardiola has extended a reassuring message to Cole Palmer as he prepares to face his former club.

Despite Palmer’s departure from the Etihad, Guardiola remains steadfast in his belief in the young prodigy, expressing no surprise at his impressive ascent within the ranks of Chelsea this season.

The decision to part ways with Palmer, who showcased immense promise during pre-season, wasn’t taken lightly by Guardiola. However, faced with the player’s desire for regular first-team action, the strategic move to secure his future elsewhere became inevitable.


Under the helm of Chelsea’s new ownership led by Todd Boehly, the club’s transfer dealings have garnered mixed reviews. Yet, amidst the scrutiny, Palmer’s acquisition stands out as a stroke of genius, emerging as a beacon of success amidst the turbulence of the transfer market.

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As Palmer braces himself for a poignant return to familiar turf, Guardiola’s words of encouragement serve as a testament to the enduring bond between mentor and protege, transcending club allegiances and embodying the essence of football camaraderie.


The 21-year-old enhanced his burgeoning reputation with two more assists in Monday night’s 3-1 win at Crystal Palace and he will hope to make an impression on his first return to City on Saturday.

‘Good player,’ said Guardiola when asked for his assessment of Cole Palmer’s rapid development. ‘Like it has happened [having strong form for Chelsea]? Yes I didn’t have any doubts about it.

‘He is a star player and is already an exceptional player and moved on.


‘A lovely lad and he helped us achieve what we achieved.’

Despite languishing in mid-table, Guardiola is well-aware of the threat Chelsea pose to his side who took another step towards defending their Champions League title with a win over FC Copenhagen in midweek.

‘It’s an exceptional team in all department,’ said Guardiola. ‘One of the toughest games we have until the end of the season.


‘They’re [Chelsea] playing really good.

‘They have everything; intense, quality. Most teams are defined if they are not able to lose the ball and it’s difficult to find a player who can lose the ball.

‘We just need to win our games. When we arrive with eight or nine games [towards the end of the season] we will see how many teams will be involved.


‘It doesn’t matter if there are two, three or four, we just need to do our job.’

The potential is there for Palmer to add to his silverware collection with Chelsea.
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