Maurizio Sarri reveals what Blues need before window shuts

Justin GreeneAug 04, 2018

City boss Pep Guardiola is ready to tackle one of the most challenging feats in domestic football: defending a Premier League title.

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

"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.

"In terms of results, in the Premier League I can not overcome the results, the numbers of last season, but in the way we play, yes", he said. "I want players who want to come to Manchester City".

Maurizio Sarri is only three weeks into the job but his first trip to Wembley should provide him with a good indicator of what is expected by Chelsea.

City face last season's FA Cup winners Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday (15:00 BST kick-off).

'I talk with the club about the market but only one or maybe two times, not more.

"Always Chelsea is a big rival".

Azpilicueta knows the overflowing quality of Pep Guardiola's title-winning squad but the 28-year-old insists they will go all guns blazing and implement Sarri's high-energy and aggressive attacking football despite its relative infancy within the Blues squad.

Considering Chelsea will also be without Thibaut Courtois, N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard, it's pretty much an even field for both sides.

But the 22-year-old winger admits his side will find it hard to improve on such a dominant season which saw them win the Premier League and EFL Cup.

Manchester City's Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva (C) celebrates with tammates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England on March 4, 2018.

"If at the end we decide to bring another one, it is because he's a special player, can be a special player for the future, not to have one more player for the number. But in this moment of the season it's very important, the performance". When asked if Willian would remain at Stamford Bridge, Sarri told Sky Sports: "Yes".

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