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Guardiola: I'm going to learn a lot from Maurizio Sarri

Guardiola: I'm going to learn a lot from Maurizio Sarri

Meanwhile, FA Cup-holders Chelsea are starting the campaign under another new manager in Maurizio Sarri. He has no visa and we will try to convince the federation to allow him to stay.

The Italian, who replaced Antonio Conte earlier this summer, has brought in just two new players - Jorginho and Rob Green - despite underlining the need for "a pinch of quality" in midfield at his official unveiling several weeks ago. "If not we stay with the players we have". "I stay here because I think we can improve, but to get more than 100 points - no".

City fans feared the worst when Mahrez was seen in a protective boot after taking a knock to the ankle in a friendly against Bayern Munich. It depends especially on him.

"We asked for a work permit because we believe he can play with us, otherwise we would not ask them".

This summer, Jorginho was widely expected to join Guardiola's team but completed a switch to Chelsea.

Guardiola admitted the match comes at a tricky time without his full complement of players but said City were prepared and would target their fifth Community Shield win.

"I spoke with the club about the market but only one time, no more".

Sarri, who has not won a trophy in his career, said: "The match for us is very hard for one reason: they have worked all together for two years". Maybe it was a bit late to announce that but if you don't want to come, don't come.

Most of the players who were on duty at the World Cup have now returned to training but Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne are still on their post-Russia breaks.

"I am happy that he is here in the Premier League".

"Guardiola told me here in England that it is very hard, the level is very high", said Sarri, who declared his desire to remain at Chelsea for a decade.

He has not been able to work with the likes of Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante so this should be seen as another pre-season work-out - even if winning the Community Shield will prove Sarri can deliver trophies.

"We can not deny there are more contenders, United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, they have excellent players".


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