Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Manchester City battle Chelsea in Community Shield

Manchester City battle Chelsea in Community Shield

"I think David will be very important for the team, to support me". Antonio was, Maurizio will be too.

"For Manchester City the Champions League is a target, of course, but all the teams that play Champions League want to win it".

Sarri also heaped praise on Manchester City's Premier League winning coach Pep Guardiola ahead of tomorrows showdown, and also revealed that the lack of time he has had to get his ideas across to his players will be a significant factor.

City's only high-profile signing so far has been Riyad Mahrez from Leicester in a club-record £60 million ($78 million) deal but Italy global midfielder Jorginho plumped for Chelsea.

Chelsea have lost each of their last two games against Manchester City - they haven't lost three in succession against them since September 2010.

A man who has tasted trophy triumphs with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City added: "From my point of view, the players don't have to be anxious - I am ready to try it again".

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Although it is unlikely that Sterling would move to another Premier League side, one may speculate that his mis-treatment at the hands of Britain's tabloid press could leave him open to the prospect of playing his football on less scrutinising shores. Both managers have the utmost respect for each-other and neither side will be going hell for leather for victory. The Blues will be without the services of Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante.

In 180 minutes of pre-season action, Jorginho gave the ball away just once and the hope will be that he can be the catalyst to fire the Blues back into the top four this season.

His form on loan at Crystal Palace last season was enough to earn a place in England's World Cup squad.

The 59-year-old is eager to do well but he acknowledges the size of the task against the Premier League champions.

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

The Chelsea job has been one of the toughest in recent years, with 13 managers having taken the helm since Roman Abramovich took over in 2003, but Sarri said there was one way to stay in the hotseat. "It's the main obstacle", said Pep. The Italian did, however, say that he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge for long.

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