Community Shield: Sarri's Chelsea value to beat ill-prepared City

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Business mattered more than his personal relationship with Pep Guardiola, whose plan to strengthen Manchester City's midfield went up in smoke when Sarri finally arrived in west London last month. On Monday, ESPN+ will feature a highlight show recapping Sunday's match. Both teams have each won the shield four times and the victor on Sunday will become the sixth club to win the competition at least five times.

Hazard, who featured for semi-finalists Belgium at the World Cup, will not be involved in Sunday's Community Shield clash with Manchester City at Wembley.

The outcome of the Community Shield doesn't matter, but any opportunity to watch a master at work is to be savoured and the brilliance of the former Napoli player might just leave the Premier League champions with sour taste in the mouth.

The Brazilian has featured 53 times for the Citizens and scored 24 goals in that time, and his effort has not gone unnoticed by Guardiola now that Jesus has penned a two-year extension at City, to keep him there until 2023.

"I saw the games against Inter and Arsenal and immediately I saw he got it, he did it".

Raheem Sterling has been assured that his contract stand-off with Manchester City will not harm his first-team chances - despite the arrival of Riyad Mahrez.

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The former Napoli man is key to Maurizio Sarri's style of play and triggers action in the final third with his impeccable passing accuracy - making him the flawless link man from defence to attack.

"I wouldn't say held him [Pogba] back but kind of not got the best out of the individuals at the right times", Lescott exclusively told Express Sport while speaking at the Premier League and BT Disability Football Festival at City's Etihad Campus.

"I think we need something". Both sides have four victories apiece in the fixture. Chelsea's season of discontent has had consequences with Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Alvaro Morata and Willian either eyeing the exit or attracting attention from other clubs. We started two and a half weeks ago.

The Chelsea job has been one of the toughest in recent years, with 13 managers having taken the helm since Roman Abramovich took over in 2003, but Sarri said there was one way to stay in the hotseat.

"I'm very happy with David, for his attitude".

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