Sarri: My Chelsea Still Work In Progress


Pep Guardiola insisted that Phil Foden will be a Manchester City player "for a long time" following the 18-year-old's impressive display against Chelsea in the Community Shield.

Two returning players, and two world class upgrades, IF he can keep them at Chelsea. The Italian global will look to dictate the play from the middle of the park, with Ross Barkley and Tiemoue Bakayoko giving him company in the midfield trio, with Cesc Fabregas likely to miss out due to a knee injury.

City's dominance told as the second half progressed, and all of Aguero, Foden, Brahim Diaz and Gabriel Jesus had opportunities to make it 3-0 as Chelsea proceeded to capitulate to the pressure.

Mahrez mostly played on the right wing, cutting in on his favored left foot, but Sterling and Bernardo Silva already feature there.

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These will include Eric Garcia, Cameron Humphreys, Douglas Luiz and Lukas Nmecha. The Blues have failed to win any of their last four appearances in the tie.

Manchester City open their Premier League campaign against Arsenal next Sunday at the Emirates.

Silva was instrumental in City's 2-0 success over Chelsea at Wembley, setting up Sergio Aguero to score the second goal and operating in a more central berth with Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva not involved.

     Man City boss Pep Guardiola says he's after another midfielder
GETTY Man City boss Pep Guardiola says he's after another midfielder

England youth global Foden, who turned 18 in May, joined the club at under-nine and was brought on as a substitute on the final day of last season to make a fifth, medal-earning appearance. British Summer Time at 90,000-seat Wembley Stadium in London, England.

A midfield marvel set to be unleashed.

Conte is now suing Chelsea over the manner of his sacking, as he claims the club's indecision blocked him from taking up managerial roles elsewhere, yet the Italian tactician who led the Blues to FA Cup glory in his final match in charge must have been relieved to escape the shambles he leaves behind.

What they lacked in sharpness they more than made up for in quality against a Chelsea side struggling for coherence under new boss Sarri. He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan with a BA in English and Film.

"Our pre-season until now has been insane", Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said.

Time is a rare gift at Chelsea and Sarri will hope to hit the ground running in the league.

There are a number of players on the books at Stamford Bridge whose attributes fit this style of football, which has become known as Sarrismo, but getting the team to implement this as one, rather than just individual parts, can take time.

Click through the gallery above to see pictures of City lifting the Community Shield on Sunday. But, the FA Cup holders shouldn't have it easy at all, with City likely to give them a run for their money.

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