Monday, 20 August, 2018

Maurizio Sarri reveals what Blues need before window shuts

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Domingo Copeland | 04 August, 2018, 14:43

In each of the past two Community Shield matches, new signings have scored, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic netting for Manchester United against Leicester City in 2016 and Sead Kolasinac doing likewise for Arsenal a year ago. I think we need something, but maybe only one player.

But whatever the line-ups, there are plenty of talking points and the game will be closely watched for clues as domestic football reclaims centre stage just three weeks after the World Cup final in Russian Federation.

In contrast, Sarri has had to work his way up from lower-league managerial jobs and is yet to win a major competition despite enjoying an impressive spell at home-town club Napoli which saw him land the Chelsea role.

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

Sarri's rival Pep Guardiola meanwhile admitted that City thought they had a deal wrapped up for £57m midfielder Jorginho before he followed Sarri to Stamford Bridge.

This will be the third meeting between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley, with City winning the most recent one in April 2013 (2-1 in the FA Cup semi-final). "Now, from Monday we will be all together thinking what we have to do this season to maintain the level of last season".

The City manager also revealed how much he was looking forward to locking horns with Sarri, who replaced Conte last month.

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"The way we play is we attack forward, we defend high, we try to get the ball from them and then play our football".

Cesc Fabregas may miss out due to a minor knee problem.

Sarri suggested a similar side to the one that featured in pre-season would play at Wembley, meaning 17-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi could be included.

The Brazil-born Italian had been tipped to become the long-term successor to Fernandinho for the Premier League champions. "I want to win, because it is very important to have a trophy immediately".

Sarri was less sure about the future of Courtois amid speculation that the goalkeeper wants to leave Chelsea and join Real Madrid.

"The match [the Community Shield] is very hard for one reason: they have worked together for two years and we started two-and-a-half weeks ago, so for us it will be a very hard match".

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