Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Manchester City request work permit for Douglas Luiz after Jorginho snub

Manchester City request work permit for Douglas Luiz after Jorginho snub

Chelsea and Manchester City will play out the unofficial curtain raiser when the two sides meet at Wembley for the Community Shield on Sunday.

Manchester City on the other hand last lifted the Community Shield in 2012, interestingly defeating Chelsea 3-2 in a fixture that was played at Villa Park. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

The game, likely to be played in sizzling summer temperatures in London, is set to feature various youngsters and fringe players as World Cup stars ease their way back into club action.

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Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola is ready to end his pursuit of a defensive midfielder if City can get a work permit for Douglas Luiz.

"Mahrez is good. He had a little bit of pain but he trained day before yesterday - I think so (he can play on Sunday)", Guardiola told his pre-match presser on Friday.

Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are the only players not to return to the group after the World Cup.

"In terms of results, in the Premier League I can not overcome the results, the numbers of last season, but in the way we play, yes", he said.

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"I am happy that he is here in the Premier League", Guardiola said. "I'm going to learn a lot to see him every weekend", said Guardiola. I would sooner sharpen up by playing in this match than a pre-season friendly. Chelsea is always a big rival, with Antonio Conte before and with Maurizio too. I think we need something. Both sides have four victories apiece in the fixture.

Cesc Fabregas may miss out due to a minor knee problem.

Sarri says he is yet to make up his mind about Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace, and the midfielder could push for another loan move overseas if he is not in the Italian's plans.

"Yes, we were close but in the end Jorginho made a decision to stay with Sarri", he said. We started two and a half weeks ago.

"I want to win, because it's very important to have a trophy immediately".

"It's also important that the performance is a step forward".

"At the moment Courtois is the goalkeeper of the club, of Chelsea", Sarri added. Meanwhile, FA Cup-holders Chelsea are starting the campaign under another new manager in Maurizio Sarri.

The Brazilian, 21, scored 13 times last season as City won the Premier League title.

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