Community Shield: Pep Guardiola confirms injury boost for Manchester City

Community Shield: Pep Guardiola confirms injury boost for Manchester City

Community Shield: Pep Guardiola confirms injury boost for Manchester City

Maurizio Sarri has affirmed David Luiz will be "very important" for him and the Blues in the forthcoming season, ahead of the Community Shield clash against Manchester City.

The former Barca boss is clearly a touch upset with the lateness of the decision to move to Chelsea and the spotlight will certainly be on the Brazilian midfielder in the curtain raiser at Wembley.

The Napoli man was extremely close to joining Man City earlier this summer but a last minute change of heart meant he made a decision to follow Maurizio Sarri to the Bridge, and it is an issue which clearly still niggles Guardiola.

The 25-year-old narrowly edges out Nicolás Otamendi in the role simply for his athleticism and defensive awareness, which make him more of a complete defender.

Manchester City's number one was a prominent force for Pep Guardiola last season after keeping 16 clean sheets and impressing with his distribution.

"The table of the last Premier League told me City 100 points, Chelsea 70 points", he said. He is with us and he is our goalie but I don't know what his future will be.

"Pep has great midfielders, central midfielders".

The Italian took over from compatriot Antonio Conte last month after almost wrestling the Serie A title from Juventus with old club Napoli last season. But he did not specify who that player would be. The mood at Stamford Bridge is uncertain and Sarri knows matching City will be tough. It is true that you never know how long it can take, it is true that we still have a few players who are not with us, but with the squad we have, we have to try and go with everything we have on Sunday and try to lift the trophy.

Speaking of problems, one that Chelsea could do without is a saga involving Eden Hazard. Both of them will have the job of providing passes upfront and play alongside wingers.

"Sure, I think every coach at the moment wants to work here in England". Real Madrid have targeted the forward since selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus and Hazard suggested that it could be time for him to seek a new challenge after helping Belgium finish third at the World Cup.

Guardiola is aware of the uncertainty and hopes a compromise can soon be reached which suits all parties and allows the England worldwide to remain part of his plans.

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