Guardiola keen to learn from Sarri

04 August, 2018, 13:00 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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Guardiola has previously spoken of his excitement to lock horns with Sarri in the top-flight throughout the course of the upcoming season and ahead of the sides' Community Shield outing this weekend, the Spaniard was full of praise again for his counterpart.

New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri swooped in at the last minute to bring Jorginho to Stamford Bridge from Napoli.

"I am happy that he is here in the Premier League".

"In terms of his personality, how he comes across and his history of being a centre-half, I think I can learn a lot from him".

"I think it's the time in my career where I need to play as many games as I can". The midfielder played only 17 games in Spain, mostly as a substitute, but has impressed during pre-season to the extent Guardiola believes he can deputise for Fernandinho.

"We will try in a short time together to review what we have done, analyse Chelsea and then play the final".

"I think the strategy from the club is flawless".

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Asked if he thought Willian would stay, Sarri said: "Yes I do".

Chelsea take on Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday before kicking off their domestic campaign on Saturday, August 11 at Huddersfield Town.

The Wembley clash with last season's runaway Premier League winners will give Sarri a taste of what to expect over the next nine months.

"Always Chelsea is a big rival". He didn't want to come. Antonio (Conte) was. I am delighted that players with this style of play will be ideal for English football.

For Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas is a doubt with a minor knee injury.

Guardiola did not entirely rule out adding another player before the transfer window closes next week but maintains any new recruit must be of exceptional quality.

Azpilicueta knows the overflowing quality of Pep Guardiola's title-winning squad but the 28-year-old insists they will go all guns blazing and implement Sarri's high-energy and aggressive attacking football despite its relative infancy within the Blues squad. "I want to win, because it is very important to have a trophy immediately".

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