Guardiola: I'm going to learn a lot from Maurizio Sarri

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

Will Sarri's smooth start continue? .

The Italian manager was brought in as Antonio Conte's successor at Stamford Bridge last month as the west London side moved quickly to appoint a new boss.

Chelsea have lost each of their last two games against City.

The Algerian global finally made his move to the Citizens from Leicester City have been linked since last summer.

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has not held discussions with Eden Hazard over the star forward's future and insists there is "no problem" with the Belgium worldwide.

Manchester City will be able to count on the services of Riyad Mahrez for Sunday's Community Shield tie against Chelsea, Sky Blues manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed. "He's one of the absolute best".

"We didn't talk about this [Hazard's future]", Sarri told reporters.

The former Napoli man is key to Maurizio Sarri's style of play and triggers action in the final third with his impeccable passing accuracy - making him the ideal link man from defence to attack. "We play high, with a lot of possession in a technical way".

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

The game will be an early test to see how far they have come in the short time that Maurizio Sarri has been in charge of the club. We saw it against in preseason against Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. Cesc Fabregas could be the only player to miss out from that side, after he picked up a minor knee injury in the game. There'll be times to back City with confidence going forward this season but this doesn't look like one of them.

The FA Cup holders face Premier League champions City in English football's traditional season curtain-raiser at Wembley on Monday (AEST), but Guardiola and Sarri have already found time to acquaint themselves over a dinner date with ex-Italy boss Arrigo Sacchi during their vacations. We started two and a half weeks ago.

"It's quite similar to Alexis Sanchez [for whom City were beaten by Manchester United in January]".

"We have very good midfielders, but maybe a midfielder with different characteristics [would be a good fit]". "But in this moment of the season it's very important, the performance". Both sides have four victories apiece in the fixture. "I think we have played against a good team in Arsenal and we could see the way we want to play", the defender said.

Whether Sergio Aguero starts or not is debatable but he'll be well worth backing to score if he does.

"They're all top quality players, but for whatever reason over the course of the season, Pep managed to get the best out of his players more often than not".

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