Maurizio Sarri still wants to sign a midfielder

Maurizio Sarri still wants to sign a midfielder

Maurizio Sarri still wants to sign a midfielder

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.

Guardiola has previously spoken of his excitement to lock horns with Sarri in the top-flight throughout the course of the upcoming season and ahead of the sides' Community Shield outing this weekend, the Spaniard was full of praise again for his counterpart.

Willian, having reported five days later for pre-season training citing a problem with his passport, has escaped a club fine and left the new manager with the impression he will be here for the season despite interest from Real Madrid.

"In terms of his personality, how he comes across and his history of being a centre-half, I think I can learn a lot from him".

"I think he has the potential to stay with us, play with us and improve with us".

Guardiola added: "He's ready to play, that's why we want the permit".

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Under Sarri, Chelsea now look to be a more attacking team in a similar style to the one Guardiola currently uses at City. Antonio [Conte] was, Maurizio will be too.

The glorified friendly between the league champions and the FA Cup winners has been a notoriously poor predictor of success in recent years - no victor has gone on to be crowned champions in the same season since Manchester United in 2010-11. Antonio (Conte) was. I am delighted that players with this style of play will be ideal for English football. Cesc Fabregas has a knee injury and is a doubt for the Shield.

The 59-year-old is eager to do well but he acknowledges the size of the task against the Premier League champions. If I felt it's done and we can not improve I would not be here.

"After overhauling the squad in the previous two years, it is now about evolution more than revolution, with City making a solitary signing".

The approach known as "Sarri-ball" will grace Stamford Bridge this season as the Blues move away from a mainly defensive outlook. "The match will be very hard for us", he said.

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