"Foden will play for City for a long time", insists Guardiola

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

Saturday will mark the tenth anniversary of Sheikh Mansour's purchase of the club and what a transformation he's made.

Whatever their fitness issues, City looked slick in the sweltering London sunshine as they ran Chelsea ragged.

Whereas City took calculated risks in possession, Chelsea were cautious - perhaps indicative of how little time they've had under Maurizio Sarri - and struggled to create clear-cut opportunities, save only the directness of Callum Hudson-Odoi, who had their only attempt on target. "Our pre-season until now has been a bit insane".

Manchester City, on the other hand, are playing the Community Shield for the first time since 2014, when they were beaten 3-0 by Arsenal.

Strikers Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi also appear to be eager to move on, but that would leave just Olivier Giroud as Chelsea's lead marksman and he has also been the subject of transfer rumours this summer. He was played clean in by Foden, he had all the time in the world and made a decision to round Caballero, but from a tight angle he hits the side netting. "So we have to work". "We can see there are some issues we need to resolve, but I believe we have a squad that can challenge for trophies this season at this moment".

Gomes will just be hoping for a little more game-time under Guardiola as City enter the 2018-19 campaign with designs on extending their dominance in English football. Play from the back, attack where possible and show some ambition.

"We have to do what we did last season, and remember the good things we did and the things that unfortunately didn't work out, learn from it and make this season better than the previous".

Chelsea are facing a fight on their hands to keep star trio Eden Hazard, Willian and Thibaut Courtois.

"They know his philosophy and the way he wants to play; the personnel does not really matter".

"We don't have players to substitute Fernandinho".

"I didn't expect that level in that period after a short, short training session, like from Fernandinho, Sergio - a lot of them".

Pep Guardiola's men reached the Wembley fixture following their record breaking Premier League-winning campaign, although they have had a tough time during pre-season with several big-name players missing.

He didn't have too much of an impact for Manchester City last season but Bernardo Silva is set to race out of the traps in 2018/19, coach Pep Guardiola pointing out how happy he is with the winger. "I was focused on the final, so we will see".

The 47-year-old Catalan will start the new English Premier League season aiming to become the first manager since Sir Alex Ferguson in 2009 to retain the biggest prize in English club football.



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