Douglas Luiz convinces Pep Guardiola he is the man for midfield

Douglas Luiz convinces Pep Guardiola he is the man for midfield

Even though it is just a pre-season trophy, for new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, the match is an opportunity to go past City manager Pep Guardiola and build faith among the fans.

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. "I'm going to learn a lot to see him every weekend", said Guardiola.

In one excerpt, already leaked on the internet, Guardiola is seen berating his players, telling them "sometimes you play better when you hate me".

"There's no doubt we want him", the City boss said.

The spotlight though, will surely be on summer signing Jorginho, who will be key in implementing the Chelsea manager's "Sarri-ball" philosophy.

"My job is this, to improve my players".

"We didn't talk about this [Hazard's future]", Sarri told reporters.

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"It is not good for any manager around the world so all the managers try to avoid that feeling when you lose a game".

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.

Napoli's swashbuckling attempts to unseat Juventus domestically persuaded Chelsea to make Sarri their sixth Italian boss when Antonio Conte's inevitable departure arrived at the start of pre-season. "The style of play will be ideal for English football".

Manchester City last lifted the Community Shield in 2012, defeating this year's opponents Chelsea 3-2 in a fixture that was played at Villa Park. Both sides have four victories apiece in the fixture.

One of Chelsea's most consistent performers in Azpilicueta could not be overlooked, so he takes up the position at left-back despite largely featuring on the right side of defence - but he's that good he can cover nearly all positions across the back line.

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.

City face Arsenal away on August 12 in a high-profile start to their Premier League title defence while Chelsea have an away trip to Huddersfield the previous day.