Manchester City beat Chelsea 2-0 to win the Community Shield

  • Manchester City beat Chelsea 2-0 to win the Community Shield

Manchester City beat Chelsea 2-0 to win the Community Shield

After a record-breaking season in which City amassed 100 points and scored 106 goals in the Premier League, Guardiola has signed only Riyad Mahrez and youngster Claudio Gomes this summer.

Guardiola has been impressed with the shape City's all-time record scorer returned to the club in after the World Cup and believes the Argentinian can hit the ground running when City begin their title defence.

The English soccer giants are widely reported to have agreed a technical partnership with the German sportswear brand worth UK£50 million (US$64.8 million) per year from the 2019/20 season.

Sarri and Guardiola are close friends and dined together on the eve of the Community Shield, yet this first experience of Chelsea's reduced status must have left a nasty taste for the Italian.

Gabriel Jesus has fired a warning to Manchester City's title rivals by insisting the reigning Premier League champions are the front-runners to win a second-consecutive title. Sergio Aguero will operate as a goal threat. "He arrived so sharp, so good", he said.

But speaking after Sunday's Community Shield victory over Chelsea, the Sky Blues boss admitted City could yet bolster his squad with the addition of another midfielder.

"He feels free. It's good news for us".

"There is no doubt we have to work hard to improve quickly", states Sarri, who has conducted his press briefings in English so far, despite his limited grasp of the language.

Sarri, who replaced sacked compatriot Antonio Conte in July, did their best to respond to his high-pressing game but the conditions took their toll and by the end they looked ragged and off the pace. Both goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and midfielder Eden Hazard are still on their breaks after helping Belgium to finish third at the World Cup. "He did it really well, in time he will be a football player for us for a long time".

"In the next week we have a friendly match again (against Lyon) and I prefer in this moment to stay on the pitch with the players only for training".