Douglas Luiz convinces Pep Guardiola he is the man for midfield

Justin GreeneAug 05, 2018

Yet when Sarri spoke to the 27-year-old three days ago, he was not left with the impression that his best player is about to leave.

Asked if Sterling's contract situation would affect his place in the team, Guardiola said: 'No.

Manchester City will be able to count on the services of Riyad Mahrez for Sunday's Community Shield tie against Chelsea, Sky Blues manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

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. "We need Jorginho more than City, so it's right that Jorginho is here", Sarri said.

"Gabriel has improved a lot since he came", Guardiola said at his press conference ahead of the weekend's Community Shield game against Chelsea.

Guardiola's men stormed to the Premier League title last season, with City breaking the 100-point barrier for the first time ever. Antonio was, Maurizio will be too. Both of them will have the job of providing passes upfront and play alongside wingers.

"For Manchester City the Champions League is a target, of course, but all the teams that play Champions League want to win it".

The Italian will bring a switch to his favoured 4-3-3 and should implement a more attacking brand of football but there are questions if some of the players he inherited suit his style of play. Both sides have four victories apiece in the fixture. Every season being there is the most important.

The 59-year-old is eager to do well but he acknowledges the size of the task against the Premier League champions.

While Madrid have until the European transfer window shuts on 31 August to pursue players from English clubs, Hazard might find Sarri's methods to his liking when he returns from holiday on Monday, after a break extended because of his exertions in Russian Federation. "It's the main obstacle", said Pep.

City face Arsenal away on August 12 in a high-profile start to their Premier League title defence while Chelsea have an away trip to Huddersfield the previous day.

Other than missing out on the aforementioned Jorginho signature (arguably understandable now given the managerial switch at Stamford Bridge), Manchester City aren't experiencing anywhere near the level of transfer turmoil of their rivals.

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