Raheem Sterling won't be left on the shelf by manager Pep Guardiola

Arnold Nichols
August 5, 2018

The match is often regarded as the curtain raiser for the English Premier League season.

Sergio Aguero slots into the striking position with little threat after yet another stunning season last term which returned 30 goals across all competitions, where he will no doubt pick up from where he left off as the 2018/19 campaign kicks-off.

Sarri also spoke about the fact that the managers at Chelsea don't stay for long.

Brazilian-born Italian, Jorginho, a long-time target of Sunday's opponents, has followed Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea and it may not be long before the pair have Chelsea playing the sort of football that Pep Guardiola was gushing about before City took on Napoli in the Champions League previous year.

Jorginho played 180 minutes in pre-season for @ChelseaFC. "I want players who want to come to Manchester City".

"I think he [Pep Guardiola] is the best coach in the world right now, or one of the best", he added.

Sarri said: "Loftus-Cheek I have seen him just for three, four trainings".

Manchester City under Pep Guardiola has already established themselves as a force to reckon with not only in the Premier League but in Europe as well. "The style of play will be ideal for English football".

Another player unaffected by this summer's World Cup, Laporte will hope to use the Community Shield to prove he deserves to be a starter for Man City in 2018/19.

"The Premier League is the main target". The veteran had a poor show at the World Cup and will be looking to put up a fine performance against PL champions. "I am so happy he came here", he said.

While Madrid have until the European transfer window shuts on 31 August to pursue players from English clubs, Hazard might find Sarri's methods to his liking when he returns from holiday on Monday, after a break extended because of his exertions in Russian Federation.

Sarri said he was confident that Brazil playmaker Willian would remain at the club but was less sure over the future of Courtois.

Other than missing out on the aforementioned Jorginho signature (arguably understandable now given the managerial switch at Stamford Bridge), Manchester City aren't experiencing anywhere near the level of transfer turmoil of their rivals.

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