Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri Important to start with a trophy

Dean Simpson
August 4, 2018

"We want him to stay but he does not have a work permit yet so we will try to convince the federation to allow him to stay", the City manager said.

Others will be missing, however, with Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling not due to start training until Monday after the World Cup delayed their summer break.

Whether the 59-year-old former Napoli boss outlasts Mourinho, Chelsea's most successful manager, or Conte, sacked last month after two trophies in two seasons, remains to be seen.

Arsenal would even delay the team photograph until after the game so we could display as many trophies as possible! However, Hodgson told talkSPORT: "I spoke to Wilf yesterday and he certainly gave me no indication it was true about wanting to quit the club".

"Always Chelsea is a big rival".

Guardiola said his team wanted to win the Community Shield to get their season off to a flying start but admitted they would not better last season's results in the Premier League. I think we need something.

"First of all, I'm looking forward to playing at Wembley, because it's my first time", Sarri said. "But in this moment of the season it's very important, the performance".

"I have to win and then it depends on the club but I want to stay here for a long time".

The glorified friendly between the league champions and the FA Cup winners has been a notoriously poor predictor of success in recent years - no victor has gone on to be crowned champions in the same season since Manchester United in 2010-11. "I am happy about it".

"I think he has the potential to stay with us, play with us and improve with us".

Thibaut Courtois is due to return to Chelsea training this weekend after helping Belgium finish third at the World Cup and being voted the best goalkeeper at Russian Federation 2018.

For Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas is a doubt with a minor knee injury.

Sarri was less sure about the future of Courtois amid speculation that the goalkeeper wants to leave Chelsea and join Real Madrid.

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