Guardiola will now have a near-full squad to choose from as all his players have returned from their summer holidays, save two.
Maurizio Sarri, the latest man to enter the revolving Chelsea manager's door, takes charge of his first "competitive" game for The Blues on Sunday after two decent enough matches in the International Champions Cup in France and Ireland, against Inter Milan last Saturday, and London rivals, Arsenal, on Wednesday.
The spotlight though, will surely be on summer signing Jorginho, who will be key in implementing the Chelsea manager's "Sarri-ball" philosophy.
Raheem Sterling is ready to commit his long-term future to Manchester City - but only if he is handed a new deal that will put him on the same level as Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne. Chelsea's season of discontent has had consequences with Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Alvaro Morata and Willian either eyeing the exit or attracting attention from other clubs.
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.
Pedro is a player who should see his production increase this season as Chelsea makes a change in base formation. "The mentality right now is the Community Shield, but the Premier League shows how you are as a team", he said.Читайте также: Wow! Did Meghan wear a daring lace bra to the wedding?
With Chelsea running out of time to get replacements, the reality is that most could remain at Stamford Bridge.
A midfield marvel set to be unleashed.
"In this moment it's a very hard match", Sarri said.
Against a weakened Manchester City side, Jorginho has a relatively easier initiation into English football.
"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".
Brazilian-born Italian, Jorginho, a long-time target of Sunday's opponents, has followed Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea and it may not be long before the pair have Chelsea playing the sort of football that Pep Guardiola was gushing about before City took on Napoli in the Champions League a year ago.
Chelsea look in much better shape than Manchester City at the present moment, with the Citizens still short staffed heading into the Community Shield tie. But, the FA Cup holders shouldn't have it easy at all, with City likely to give them a run for their money.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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