Community Shield 2018, Chelsea vs Man City

Posted August 05, 2018

Manchester City will be able to count on the services of Riyad Mahrez for Sunday's Community Shield tie against Chelsea, Sky Blues manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

The former Barca boss is clearly a touch upset with the lateness of the decision to move to Chelsea and the spotlight will certainly be on the Brazilian midfielder in the curtain raiser at Wembley.

However, new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has just over a week to keep hold of his prized assets and has delivered somewhat of a blow to the two Spanish giants who are in pursuit of Willian and Courtois.

Guardiola described his team's performance as "perfect" when City won 2-1 in Manchester. I think we need more time to be a real contender for ourselves, for the referees, for the system, everything to fight for the Champions League. Instead the 26-year-old will be an opposition player at Wembley, much to Guardiola's disappointment. "Fernandinho is a wonderful player". But he did not specify who that player would be.

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And Sarri knows there is plenty of work to do. Yet the 59-year-old, who sees Jorginho as the first piece of the jigsaw, is not the type to complain about signings.

"Good luck at Chelsea and in English football we are going to discover an exceptional holding midfielder".

The squad will be nearly identical to the one that smashed all sorts of Premier League records last season and they're understandablyodds-on shots to be the first to retain the Premier League title in ten years but a disrupted start to their 2018/19 campaign is a distinct possibility. Both of them will have the job of providing passes upfront and play alongside wingers.

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"In this moment there is no problem for Hazard".

The playmaker, who starred at the 2018 World Cup as Belgium finished third, has had an extended break following his exploits in Russian Federation.

The 36-year old now the second choice shot-stopper in the side is expected to start in goal in absence of No 1 keeper Courtouis.

Sarri spoke with Hazard on Thursday, but there was no discussion on the future of the forward, whose deal expires in 2020. The early signs are certainly positive and Guardiola will be hoping that the failure to sign a player he desperately wanted doesn't come back to haunt them, either on Sunday or in the long term. His attacking 4-3-3 system made Napoli brilliantly entertaining and it feels unlikely that he will ever park the bus against City.

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