Key battle in the Blues’ tie against Man City
Oli Stein of realsport101.com writes on the point
- Blues take on Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday at 4 p.m. CEST
Jorginho vs Fernandinho
"Two Brazilians effectively playing the same role for their clubs will go head-to-head at Wembley on Sunday, should Fernandinho start after his World Cup participation.
"Sitting at the base of their respective three-man midfielders – if Guardiola sticks with a 4-3-3 – both will be battling to get on the ball and exert their influence on the game’s tempo, whilst also efficiently winning the ball back for their sides when out of possession.
"However, as mentioned below, Sarri may find it useful to play on the back foot instead of going toe-to-toe with the Premier League champions and leaving themselves vulnerable.
"If this was the case, Jorginho becomes even more important in terms of maintaining positional discipline and protecting his centre-backs."