Maurizio Sarri reacts to Chelsea FC’s 2-0 loss to Man City

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"That is City's great strength at the moment, and it is where Sarri will want to be with Chelsea in two years' time - with a settled squad, who know his system".

Liverpool now has the most expensive goalkeeper in history, along with the game's most expensive defender in Virgil van Dijk and the explosive front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

But ominously for Liverpool, Tottenham, and Manchester United - all hoping to dethrone City - Guardiola revealed his players are still well short of full fitness after only a handful of training sessions following the World Cup.

Manchester City kicked off the new season by beating Chelsea 2-0, courtesy of a brace by Sergio Aguero in the FA Community Shield on Sunday. "He's one of the absolute best".

Manchester City's deal with Puma would see the brand replace American sportswear giant Nike, which the Daily Mail says now pays the club just UK£20 million annually. "The football played by Napoli has been out of this world". Under the rules of the FA Community Shield, in the event of a level score after 90 minutes, the teams go straight to the penalty shootout, with no extra time played. Riyad Mahrez is their first and probably last transfer in and no big names are likely to leave.

Saturday will mark the tenth anniversary of Sheikh Mansour's purchase of the club and what a transformation he's made.

"I think at the end of last season, the knee operation".

"The second half was a difference from the physical point of view".

Consigning Conte's favoured 3-4-2-1 formation to the bin, Sarri sent Chelsea out in a 4-3-3 system that malfunctioned from start to finish.

While Agüero hogged the Wembley spotlight, there was also an eye-catching display from Phil Foden.

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"I arrived here three weeks ago and I've never seen six players, so it's very hard", said Sarri.

The transfer window has been shortened in the English Premier League and will close on Friday morning (NZ time), before the season starts.

Lautaro MARTINEZ continues his excellent form for Inter in pre-season as he has now scored three goals.

"We don't have to think too much about defending the title, I think what you have to do is, 'OK this was the first game, '" he said. This was an ominous statement of intent from the Premier League champions, from a reinvigorated Bernardo Silva and from Sergio Agüero, who scored twice, as they eased to victory in the Community Shield.

Already tipped for stardom after inspiring England to Under-17 World Cup glory, the 18-year-old played 10 times for City last season, but this term promises to be his breakthrough year.

Sterling was a revelation last season for the Citizens.

The chances of a keenly contested tie on Sunday look slim.

That's an ominous sign for the other sides with title aspirations. "That's why it's so good to have another player with his talent and he's a Manchester City fan, he's Mancunian, so that's why, for us, he's so good".

Antonio Rudiger - 5 - Should have closed the gap to Aguero quicker for the first goal.