However, Italy worldwide Jorginho followed Maurizio Sarri to Sunday's Community Shield opponents Chelsea, and Guardiola is ready to give a chance to 20-year-old Brazilian Luiz, who joined from Vasco da Gama in a £10 million move last summer. On Monday, ESPN+ will feature a highlight show recapping Sunday's match.
"I'm happy that a manager of that level is here in the Premier League".
In its various guises, Chelsea have won just four of their 12 Community Shield games they've played and City's record of four wins from ten is only marginally better. 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.
Chelsea vs Manchester City Community Shield match will be played on Sunday, August 5, 2018.
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.
The Catalan coach said of a player who netted 23 times across all competitions last season: "There's no doubt we want him".
Cesc Fabregas's ability to control the tempo of the game and take responsibility in the middle of the field sees him edge out his younger rivals.
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Gabriel Jesus has done well to make an impact at Manchester City since arriving in 2017, particularly considering he often has Sergio Aguero to fight with for a place in Pep Guardiola's plans.
The Italian will bring a switch to his favoured 4-3-3 and should implement a more attacking brand of football but there are questions if some of the players he inherited suit his style of play.
"I am ready, I am ready", said Guardiola of City's title defence. 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. "They have worked together for two years and we started two weeks and a half ago". "I can say that I am very lucky to be here".
Sarri, who has not won a trophy in his career, said: "The match for us is very hard for one reason: they have worked all together for two years".
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