Douglas Luiz convinces Pep Guardiola he is the man for midfield

Man City boss Pep Guardiola aims dig at Chelsea new boy Jorginho

Antonio was, Maurizio will be too.

"Mahrez is good. He had a little bit of pain but he trained day before yesterday - I think so (he can play on Sunday)", said Guardiola, who twice outwitted Sarri in the Champions League last season when the Italian was managing Napoli.

The last four editions of the Community Shield have been won by the FA Cup winners.

City kick off their season against Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday when Guardiola will be without many of his first team, who have only just returned following the World Cup.

Although it is unlikely that Sterling would move to another Premier League side, one may speculate that his mis-treatment at the hands of Britain's tabloid press could leave him open to the prospect of playing his football on less scrutinising shores.

With Alvaro Morata having struggled to show even a slice of the cool finishing often on display by the Argentinian in his debut season in England, it's was a no brainer as to who got the nod.

"From my point of view, the players don't have to be anxious - I am ready to try it again", the Spaniard said ahead of the 2018-19 campaign. Both managers have the utmost respect for each-other and neither side will be going hell for leather for victory.

For Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas is a doubt with a minor knee injury.

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. Every season being there is the most important.

"I want to win because it is important to have an immediate trophy".

"The Premier League is the main target".

"We were close but, in the end, Jorginho made a decision to stay with (former Napoli boss) Maurizio", Guardiola said.

Chelsea goalkeeper and Hazard's countryman Thibaut Courtois has also been the subject of more reported overtures from Madrid, although Sarri is also keen for further additions to his squad alongside £57million midfielder Jorginho.

Though both teams will not be at full strength, one star set to start for Manchester City will be new signing Riyad Mahrez.

Sarri did not say if permission had been granted, but it is fair to suggest he wants to keep his leading talents happy.

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