Chelsea vs Manchester City, Community Shield

Chelsea vs Manchester City, Community Shield

"But Barcelona, for me the best team in the world at playing football, won their first in 1992". There'll be times to back City with confidence going forward this season but this doesn't look like one of them.

The Napoli man was extremely close to joining Man City earlier this summer but a last minute change of heart meant he made a decision to follow Maurizio Sarri to the Bridge, and it is an issue which clearly still niggles Guardiola.

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.

And the Italian downplayed Hazard's concerns after Chelsea's most recent match with Guardiola's men, when the Belgian said he could have played for three hours and not touched the ball as a "false nine".

"I've said before that I want players who want to come here".

"So, at the end, I don't know what is going to happen, but I assure you 100 per cent that the club, myself like a manager, sport director, even his team-mates - we want him to stay longer here".

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Pep Guardiola is motivated by the fear of failure and is determined bring more success to Manchester City after their record-breaking title-winning season.

"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. Chelsea is always a big rival, with Antonio Conte before and with Maurizio too.

Guardiola admitted the match comes at a tricky time without his full complement of players but said City were prepared and would target their fifth Community Shield win.

"I'm ready. From my point of view, the players don't have to be anxious". Manchester United beat them 3-2 in 2011 and Arsenal beat them 3-0 four years ago, two years after City beat this week's opponents 3-2 at Villa Park.

The Premier League champions' have signed another winger this summer in Mahrez, bought from Leicester City for £60million last month, but Guardiola is confident that the versatility of both players will allow both to feature if he wishes. "I want to win, because it is very important to have a trophy immediately".

Sarri said he was confident that Brazil playmaker Willian would remain at the club but was less sure over the future of Courtois.

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