‘Why I’m a genius in coaching’ — Man City boss explains after beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admitted he feels he is a genius in coaching after guiding Manchester City to a 1-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.

Manchester City substitutes Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez combined to score the winner for Manchester City against Chelsea.

“The first half was sloppy,” Guardiola said after the game. “We didn’t create much, our pressing was so poor we were not well organised and in the second half especially with Manuel and Rico we were better.

“I am a genius. Because after Everton I was asked why I didn’t make a substitution until 81 minutes. I thought about that and made some.

“We could lose here, but now we have a five-point gap. We have three less points to play for. It means a lot but we have to prove ourselves so because it is normal to be in this position after four Premier Leagues in five years.

“We have the mindset that in November the people believe we are already champions, and this is impossible.

“Other teams that don’t have this pressure because people say in September that City are going to win.“

Guardiola added: “After four Premier Leagues in five years it is not easy to push them again. That is why I am satisfied after what happened in recent years.

“We’d prefer to be closer but with the way Arsenal play they deserve better. For us it was so important, especially in the second half, to be aware that we can do it again and again and again.”