With regular City full backs Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy likely out of contention due to prolonged World Cup campaigns, both Chelsea players are shoo-ins for the wide defensive posts. Elsewhere, they are fighting to keep hold of Willian, Eden Hazard, and N'golo Kante with World Cup Golden Glove victor Thibaut Courtois heavily linked to Real Madrid.
Sterling helped Man City win the Premier League title last season in record breaking fashion, however, even though he played in an England side that reached the semi-final of the World Cup this summer, his performances in Russian Federation were less than remarkable and could be what's stalling his demand for higher wages. Pep said of Sarri.
The protracted negotiations to bring Sarri in from Napoli severely restricted his time to start implementing his philosophy on the Blues - he was only appointed three weeks ago. It's going to take some stopping to deny Guardiola another Premier League title. The 30-year-old now has 201 goals for Manchester City, making him the only striker to cross 200 goals for the Manchester club.
Guardiola's men could have won by five and, ahead of their Premier League opener at Arsenal on Sunday, the Spaniard plans to strengthen his already formidable squad even further.
Saturday will mark the tenth anniversary of Sheikh Mansour's purchase of the club and what a transformation he's made. The transition from the second to the third phase for City was easy on the eyes as they were able to move their opponents and then utilize the space in midfield to carry the ball. The Hard Tackle predicts a 2-1 win for Sarri & co.to kickstart the new era for Chelsea on a strong note. "We will see at the end of the season what our level is".
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Man City were effortless throughout and look as though they've picked up where they left off last term, while it's clear that Sarri has a lot of work to do at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues lost their first competitive match of the season after coming up against Manchester City in the Community Shield.
Despite the tight turnaround after the World Cup, Manchester City's attacking ruthlessness has not been blunted by fatigue or the English heatwave.
"I like him very much", the Chelsea boss said about Barkley. They defeated Chelsea 2-0 but it should have been a bigger winning margin.
Both teams played with depleted sides, as City missed the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, and Ederson in their first team, while Chelsea lacked the services of Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, N'Golo Kante, and Olivier Giroud, among others.