Maurizio Sarri: 'Chelsea only need one more player'

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Like his immediate predecessors Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, Sarri envisages a long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

"It depends on the club [how long I will stay]".

The game will be an early test to see how far they have come in the short time that Maurizio Sarri has been in charge of the club.

In contrast, Sarri has had to work his way up from lower-league managerial jobs and is yet to win a major competition despite enjoying an impressive spell at home-town club Napoli which saw him land the Chelsea role.

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Sarri wants to narrow the gap to City. He has no visa and we will try to convince the federation to allow him to stay. "I think my job is to try to improve my players and so we will have to work for this target, to reduce the gap".

But whatever the line-ups, there are plenty of talking points and the game will be closely watched for clues as domestic football reclaims centre stage just three weeks after the World Cup final in Russian Federation.

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"I spoke about positions but no specifics - no names - so I don't know". So I don't know. Antonio (Conte) was. I am delighted that players with this style of play will be ideal for English football. But only maybe one player. It was reported today that Zaha is keen to depart Selhurst Park and has been linked with Chelsea. "There is not a Willian problem". It was a very positive conversation. I'll be happy if we arrive at the end being there [in contention] in April and May. It depends on him and us.

"But, I hope that Courtois will be our goalkeeper". He played against them on a good level.

Manchester City on the other hand last lifted the Community Shield in 2012, interestingly defeating Chelsea 3-2 in a fixture that was played at Villa Park.

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