Man City, Chelsea lock horns in Community Shield

Arnold Nichols
August 4, 2018

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he is excited with the prospect of learning from Chelsea's new head coach Maurizio Sarri this season.

"We will see", Guardiola is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"We thought it [Jorginho] was done, but at the last turn, he made a decision to go to Chelsea".

"The way we play is we attack forward, we defend high, we try to get the ball from them and then play our football".

"We would like it [if Luis stays]". We saw in pre-season against Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund that he is at a good level. "Congratulations to him [for his new contract] and thanks to him for his trust to stay with us for longer".

"We asked for a work permit because we believe he can play with us, otherwise we would not ask them".

Under Sarri, Chelsea now look to be a more attacking team in a similar style to the one Guardiola currently uses at City.

Guardiola admitted the match comes at a tricky time without his full complement of players but said City were prepared and would target their fifth Community Shield win.

"Yes, we were close, but in the end Jorginho chose to stay with Sarri", Guardiola said.

Sarri has only been in his new position since July 14 and will still be fine-tuning his approach and looking at players who could make an impact. Maybe it was a bit late to announce that but if you don't want to come, don't come. "England is going to discover an exceptional holding midfielder".

Many of his first team only returned this week, but record signing Riyad Mahrez is available after shaking off an ankle injury picked up in the United States while youngsters Phil Foden, Eric Garcia and Brahim Diaz, who impressed in preseason, could be part of the squad.

In addition, both sides have shown weakness at the back in their pre-season games so far, with Chelsea keeping just one clean sheet (against Perth Glory) and City without a shutout.

Alexis was heavily linked with City in January after failing to join last summer but eventually signed for their neighbours, Manchester United.

Ahead of the traditional season curtain-raiser, the Community Shield, Guardiola said: "I don't know".

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