Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Chelsea And Manchester City Lock Horns In Community Shield

Chelsea And Manchester City Lock Horns In Community Shield

Manchester City take on Chelsea in Sunday's Community Shield - the traditional curtainraiser to the English season - but the Wembley showpiece will offer few clues as to the destination of the Premier League title.

The Blues have added Jorginho and Rob Green to their ranks although the veteran goalkeeper comes in as third choice with predecessor Eduardo Carvalho having failed to make a first-team appearance in two years at the club.

"In this moment it's a very hard match", Sarri said.

"If at the end we decide to bring another one, it is because he's a special player, can be a special player for the future, not to have one more player for the number". For example, two years ago when we switched to three at the back then from the first day we were very good. "From Monday we will be back all together and think about what we have to do to keep last season's level", the City manager added.

Several players are likely to move on before the window closes on Thursday, with goalkeeper Joe Hart looking to make a permanent exit after hard loan spells at Torino and West Ham.

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Guardiola said he thought he had completed a deal for Jorginho before he moved to Stamford Bridge for £57m, and the 26-year-old could now line up against City at Wembley. His heart, his courage, his fight to put in every effort for the team is incredible.

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

However, it doesn't look like the Brazil global will be going anywhere before next week's deadline after Antonio Conte's departure prompted the arrival of former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri.

"Yes, we were close, but in the end Jorginho chose to stay with Sarri", Guardiola said. "But I want to stay here for a long time".

"I spoke with the club about the market but only one time, no more". Chelsea is always a big rival, with Antonio Conte before and with Maurizio too. "The style of play will be ideal for English football".

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