Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri Important to start with a trophy

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri Important to start with a trophy

File image of Pep Guardiola.

Maurizio Sarri still has a number of first-team players missing from his squad following their participation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

"We talked only about 'can I arrive on Monday instead of Sunday?' At this point of the season it is important the performance, we have to improve up close".

Guardiola will also pay special attention to German winger Leroy Sane, controversially left out of his country's World Cup squad for Russian Federation, over the coming weeks although the City boss does not expect him to suffer any ill effects from that disappointment. He cites their half-time formation change against Arsenal back in 2016 - the switch that ultimately led to the Premier League title - as an example of their tactical flexibility.

Summer signing Mahrez has been given the green light to feature at Wembley on Sunday after an ankle complaint but Guardiola is unable to call upon midfielder Douglas Luiz as he waits on a work permit.

The signs in pre-season have been extremely positive for Jorginho at Chelsea with the former Verona man slotting perfectly into the Sarri system at Stamford Bridge.

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The forward has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Barcelona, but Sarri said he was not concerned that his delayed arrival had anything to do with engineering a move away.

Guardiola is aware of the uncertainty and hopes a compromise can soon be reached which suits all parties and allows the England global to remain part of his plans. All the teams are good, that's why every time we reflect with perspective what we have done last season I am really impressed.

State of play: Chelsea finally got around to sacking Antonio Conte in July, nearly two months after his valedictory win in the FA Cup final. "The football played by Napoli has been out of this world".

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

Sane's total of 10 goals and 15 assists from 27 Premier League starts for City last season was not enough to convince manager Joachim Low to take him to Russian Federation, with Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt selected instead. But, the FA Cup holders shouldn't have it easy at all, with City likely to give them a run for their money. If I felt it's done and we can not improve I would not be here.

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