Media Watch: Azpi's apology, Guardiola downplays missed handshake

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Sky report Cesar Azpilicueta's apology to Blues fans after the disappointing performance at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola explains the lack of a post-match handshake with Maurizio Sarri, and City make a musical gaffe.

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Azpi's apology

Cesar Azpilicueta has apologised to Chelsea fans after the 6-0 loss at Manchester City on Sunday, which he described as ‘one of the worst nights’ of his football career.

The Spaniard, who captained the Blues as we suffered our heaviest defeat for 28 years, said in a post-match interview with Sky Sports that the result was unacceptable.

‘It is one of the worst nights in my career. It is difficult to explain what happened,’ said the right-back.

‘The first five or six minutes went well but that is not enough. It is very frustrating and disappointing. We are conceding a lot of goals and we cannot accept that.

‘When you lose 6-0 we have to accept we didn't play well and made errors. We knew it would be tough.

‘When we won at Stamford Bridge [in December] it was because we played well and were together. Today was not the case.

‘All I can do is apologise to the fans because it is not acceptable.’

Guardiola explains lack of handshake

The Press Association reports that City manager Pep Guardiola has downplayed the lack of a post-match handshake with Maurizio Sarri, explaining that the Chelsea boss simply didn’t see him at the time.

Sarri went to the dressing room immediately after the final whistle on Sunday and did not notice Guardiola approaching him at the time. However, the Spaniard explained that was no issue between the two managers.

‘I spoke with (assistant coach) Gianfranco Zola. [Sarri] didn’t see me. I have a good relationship with him so no problem,” he said.

Guardiola, who endured a difficult first year in England before leading City to the Premier League title in his second season at the club, also offered his view on Sarri’s brand of football.

‘I know exactly what he wants to do. This kind of person or this type of game always helps to make our football better. He wants to try to do that,’ added the City boss.

‘People don’t understand how difficult the first year can be. Mine was difficult too. People expect with a new manager and buying players it comes immediately, but it needs time.’

Chelsea reaction expected in final

Chelsea may have been well beaten at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday but Pep Guardiola is expecting his City side to face a strong reaction from the Blues when they meet again in the Carabao Cup final in a fortnight’s time.

City will be firm favourites to retain the trophy after their victory on the weekend but their manager feels that Chelsea will be a much tougher proposition at Wembley on 24 February.

‘The final of Carabao Cup, now it's tougher as they [Chelsea] will react,’ said Guardiola, as reported by the BBC.

City apologise for ‘Step’ gaffe

The Evening Standard reports that Manchester City have apologised to Chelsea for playing a song after the final whistle which might have been interpreted as an act of gloating.

‘One Step Beyond’ by Madness is Chelsea’s traditional victory anthem at Stamford Bridge but the song was blasted on the PA system at the Ettihad Stadium after City had beaten the Blues on Sunday.

Realising the significance of the song, senior City officials reportedly ordered the music to be cut short and quickly said sorry for any unintended offence to the Londoners.

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