Community Shield: Sarri's Chelsea value to beat ill-prepared City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

"I'm very happy. I think David will be very important for the team, to support me", Sarri said.

"Always Chelsea is a big rival".

Sane's total of 10 goals and 15 assists from 27 Premier League starts for City last season was not enough to convince manager Joachim Low to take him to Russian Federation, with Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt selected instead.

It's the first opportunity to see City's all time most expensive player, Mahrez, play a meaningful game with his new club.

Raheem Sterling has been assured that his contract stand-off with Manchester City will not harm his first-team chances - despite the arrival of Riyad Mahrez.

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".

Guardiola said the Premier League remained his main aim, despite City's owners making clear their desire to win the Champions League, as he looks to become the first manager since Sir Alex Ferguson in 2008 to lift back-to-back titles. Both sides have four victories apiece in the fixture.

With no N'Golo Kante, Chelsea's new signing, Jorginho, will have a very important role to play by dictate the game and trying to cover up spaces and spray passes all around the pitch.

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For Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas is a doubt with a minor knee injury.

The former Liverpool star was crucial in City's successful 2017-18 season, scoring an impressive 23 goals in 46 appearances from the wing.

"The Premier League is the main target".

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

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.

Chelsea goalkeeper and Hazard's countryman Thibaut Courtois has also been the subject of more reported overtures from Madrid, although Sarri is also keen for further additions to his squad alongside £57million midfielder Jorginho.

"At the start of last season, if you compared them player for player, there wasn't much difference in it". "It's the main obstacle", said Pep.

Sarri swooped in at the last minute to bring Jorginho to Stamford Bridge.

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