Sarri admits Chelsea are underdogs ahead of Community Shield

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Guardiola: I'm going to learn a lot from Maurizio Sarri

Pep Guardiola is eyeing Community Shield silverware as reigning league champions Manchester City look to kick off the campaign on the right foot. On Monday, ESPN+ will feature a highlight show recapping Sunday's match.

Chelsea have not had the best luck in the curtain-raiser losing their past three matches in the Community Shield, in 2017 and 2015 when beaten by Arsenal and 2012 when Man City got the better of them. 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.

In each of the past two Community Shield matches, new signings have scored, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic netting for Manchester United against Leicester City in 2016 and Sead Kolasinac doing likewise for Arsenal a year ago.

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Guardiola has told Sterling that he wants him to stay at the Etihad and the next round of talks between his agent, Aidy Ward, and City's director of football, Txiki Begiristain, will be important in determining the player's future.

They left the rest so far behind last season that they didn't even have to glance over their shoulders. Cesc Fabregas could be the only player to miss out from that side, after he picked up a minor knee injury in the game.

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.

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Instead, they will have face-to-face talks over the next few days, with Sarri hopeful of keeping his talisman.

"Gabriel has improved a lot since he came", Guardiola said at his press conference ahead of the weekend's Community Shield game against Chelsea. I'll be happy if we arrive at the end being there [in contention] in April and May. We started two and a half weeks ago.

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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. I am delighted that players with this style of play will be ideal for English football.

"We have very good midfielders, but maybe a midfielder with different characteristics [would be a good fit]". Both managers have the utmost respect for each-other and neither side will be going hell for leather for victory. "But in this moment of the season it's very important, the performance". "I can say that I am very lucky to be here".

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