Guardiola lauds Bernardo Silva's Community Shield 'masterpiece'
Aug 06 2018 by Johnnie Parsons
The two sides last faced off against each other in this tie back in 2012, when Manchester City ran out close 3-2 winners over Chelsea.
Guardiola certainly appears to have struck up strong working relationships with a number of key players, among them England forward Raheem Sterling, who found himself the centre of fevered debate over the summer for his displays at the World Cup. That is to be expected, given the fact they have the advantage of two more years' practice honing their style than this Chelsea team.
"It's complicated for all of them, but they are so competitive".
"They are my pride". There they managed to intercept the Manchester back line only for a deflected effort at the end through a combination of several Chelsea players. The Citizens did the double over Chelsea last season but Chelsea haven't lost three in-a-row to City since 2010 and they might just stop the rot again here. There were few distinct periods in the game where we saw glimpses of the way Sarri wants his team to play.
"I talked with him, we didn't talk about this", Sarri said, when asked about Hazard's future plans. 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.
This will be the third meeting between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley, with the Premier League champions winning the most recent one in April 2013 (2-1 in the FA Cup semi-final). Aguero scores - The opener goes the way of the Premier League champions.
While to many the Community Shield is only a glorified friendly, some see it as a shot at silverware not to be sniffed at and Guardiola's pleasure was clear after adding to last season's Premier League and Carabao Cup crowns.
"Maybe we will need some time for this idea to become natural for the players, but we are working on it in training and the response so far has been good".
"Phil is part of the first team".
Speaking at his post-match news conference at Wembley, Sarri said: "In the first half it was not too bad".
Chelsea brought on Ilkay Gundogan for Sane, reported to have picked up a slight knock, as the second half got under way, Pedro hooking in an early cross for Chelsea that Bravo caught.
Hired as an antidote to the acerbic Conte, former Napoli boss Sarri admits Chelsea are under-cooked following a hectic pre-season that has left him with little time to drill his players in the attacking philosophy that made his time in Italy so entertaining.
Sarri has still not seen six of his players, compounding issues in getting across his philosophy. "Sometimes we press in the right way but sometimes not".
"We were not in control of the match". I do not know (if we are close). It's not very easy.