Manchester City chase visa for Douglas Luiz amid transfer frustration

Mae Harvey
August 5, 2018

But in an intriguing insight into what drives him on, Guardiola, whose team face FA Cup winners Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday, has explained how it is the fear of losing, rather than the joy of winning, that motivates him.

"Yes, we were close, but in the end Jorginho made a decision to stay with Sarri", Guardiola said.

"I think he [Pep Guardiola] is the best coach in the world right now, or one of the best", he added.

"For Manchester City the Champions League is a target, of course, but all the teams that play Champions League want to win it".

City's only high-profile signing so far has been Riyad Mahrez from Leicester in a club-record £60 million ($78 million) deal but Italy worldwide midfielder Jorginho plumped for Chelsea. In addition, City has spent a club-record £60 million (US$78 million) on Riyad Mahrez from Leicester, a player who could be a natural long-term replacement for Sterling.

One who certainly does is Cesar Azpilicueta, who has appeared for the Blues in their last two pre-season matches. He's trying to help us every single day, double sessions, to learn quickly his philosophy. He was beset by injuries and off-the-field feuds with Conte, which restricted him to just two Premier League appearances after October.

A glorified pre-season friendly before the start of the Premier League season, it does give each gaffer one more chance to get some game time into their star players ahead of the big kick off next weekend.

"But deals are deals, agents are agents and players are players, so I don't know what is going to happen". Both managers have the utmost respect for each-other and neither side will be going hell for leather for victory.

Cesc Fabregas's ability to control the tempo of the game and take responsibility in the middle of the field sees him edge out his younger rivals.

"I want to win, because it's very important to have immediately a trophy".

Chelsea goalkeeper and Hazard's countryman Thibaut Courtois has also been the subject of more reported overtures from Madrid, although Sarri is also keen for further additions to his squad alongside £57million midfielder Jorginho.

What time does Chelsea vs Manchester City Community Shield match start? The Italian did, however, say that he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge for long.

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