Sarri admits Chelsea are underdogs ahead of Community Shield

05 August, 2018, 14:45 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Man City boss Pep Guardiola aims dig at Chelsea new boy Jorginho

"He's one of the absolute best".

Instead, they will have face-to-face talks over the next few days, with Sarri hopeful of keeping his talisman.

"From my point of view, the players don't have to be anxious - I am ready to try it again", the Spaniard said ahead of the 2018-19 campaign. Riyad Mahrez is their first and probably last transfer in and no big names are likely to leave.

Speaking in a news conference quoted by Sky Sports, Guardiola said: "First of all I'm happy that a manager of that level is in the Premier League".

Saturday will mark the tenth anniversary of Sheikh Mansour's purchase of the club and what a transformation he's made.

However, that the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager would so readily speak of his inability to judge "what is going to happen", does bear consideration.

Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling will also miss out due to their World Cup committments, along with Kyle Walker, John Stones and Fabian Delph. We tried, we believed it was done but at the last turn he decided on Chelsea.

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Cesc Fabregas is a doubt for Sunday's Community Shield with Manchester City with a minor knee injury.

As always, feel free to post to your own Manchester City and/or Chelsea starting XI predictions, as well as your score predictions, in the comments section below. "The mentality right now is the Community Shield, but the Premier League shows how you are as a team", he said.

Manchester City have found a solution at home. For example, two years ago when we switched to three at the back then from the first day we were very good. When Sarri's Napoli took on Man City in the Champions League last season, both sides scored in both games, with the English side winning 4-2 and 2-1.

The chances of a keenly contested tie on Sunday look slim. Both sides have four victories apiece in the fixture. "I am going to learn a lot to see him every weekend", Guardiola added.

Whether Sergio Aguero starts or not is debatable but he'll be well worth backing to score if he does.

With no N'Golo Kante, Chelsea's new signing, Jorginho, will have a very important role to play by dictate the game and trying to cover up spaces and spray passes all around the pitch.

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