Preview of the Blues’ game vs City
Tom Sunderland of the Bleacher Report previews today's FA Community Shield clash against Premier League Champions Manchester City
- Blues take on Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday at 4 p.m. CEST
"Chelsea lost last year's Community Shield to Arsenal on penalties after drawing 1-1 in normal time, a win that would have given them a fifth win in English football's traditional curtain-raiser—and one more than City have managed.
"The two teams are level with four Community Shield wins apiece, a fitting balance considering Sarri's changes at Chelsea have led to comparisons with Guardiola's City. And one can see why considering the Catalan has previously lauded the former Napoli tactician, as Eurosport UK highlighted:
The threat to Pep: Can Sarri's Chelsea unseat Manchester City? pic.twitter.com/gIt3CJDeXh— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) August 2, 2018
"Conte's approach to football was seen as somewhat restrictive by some. So-called Sarriball is a far more engaging philosophy for the neutral, and Sunday's encounter could be an early preview of one title-race scenario that could develop this season.
"It would be a wild improvement for Chelsea after last year's run to fifth in the Premier League, and Sarri has spoken glowingly of the competition in England, per journalist Kristof Terreur:
When Maurizio Sarri mentions:— Kristof Terreur ? (@HLNinEngeland) July 16, 2018
“All the most important coaches are working in the PL. The most important in Europe. In the world maybe. For me it will be very exciting to play against Guardiola, Pochettino, Mourinho, Klopp & the others. Guardiola is a friend.” (ChelseaTV)#cfc pic.twitter.com/tnljjRj092
"One key component to developing Sarri's style—and a touchy topic entering Sunday's duel—is Jorginho, the £50 million Chelsea recruit from Napoli who was tightly linked with City prior to joining the Blues, per BBC Sport's Simon Stone.
"The impact of the Italy international has been clear in his first few outings as a Chelsea player, and the Community Shield clash is a chance for him to further outline the talent City missed out on. TifoFootball examined how the £50 million man could fit in with the Blues:
"Aside from any new faces, Sarri has also afforded existing members of the playing staff minutes in pre-season. In particular, centre-back Ethan Ampadu and winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, both 17, have been surprisingly prominent.
"City have splurged themselves, spending £60 million to acquire Leicester City wide man Riyad Mahrez. Injury analyst Ben Dinnery recently reported the Algeria international could be fit to face Chelsea after picking up a problem in the recent 3-2 friendly win over Bayern Munich:
A scan confirms Man City winger Riyad Mahrez suffered “no significant damage” to his ankle during the 3-2 win over Bayern. The £60m summer signing has been cleared to return to training later this week and he "could be available” for the Community Shield clash vs Chelsea. #MCFC— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) July 30, 2018
"As was the case in last year's Community Shield, the competition will adopt the ABBA system in the event the game goes to a penalty shootout. This is rather than using the ABAB format that was changed because of concerns the team taking the second penalty was under unfair pressure.
"Chelsea will hope the match doesn't come to that after they fell to Arsenal via penalties in 2017. Sarri will look to inject new energy into his reign by getting his first season in England under way with silverware."
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