Chelsea boss Sarri: Guardiola told me he had early problems

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Guardiola will also pay special attention to German winger Leroy Sane, controversially left out of his country's World Cup squad for Russian Federation, over the coming weeks although the City boss does not expect him to suffer any ill effects from that disappointment. We knew a little bit from Napoli last season what Maurizio could do.

It was a management technique that Guardiola was happy to expand upon as he spoke before City's match against Chelsea at Wembley. "There is no doubt we want him".

The deadline for the Premier League's transfer window is 18:00 on 9 August, and after that, no side in England will be allowed to buy players, although they will still be allowed to sell footballers to certain other leagues around the world.

Aguero's first - his 200th goal for the club - came after 13 minutes, when he collected the ball on the edge of the area after Phil Foden surged forward, and fired into the bottom corner. But he arrived so sharp, so good.

"He feels free. It's good news for us".

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Hudson-Odoi was a rare bright spot for Chelsea, with subdued Spain striker Alvaro Morata offering little evidence he can make amends for last season's flop.

Ominously for City's rivals, Guardiola said he had yet to work properly with his players, and spent the week concentrating on tactics rather than hard physical preparation.

The heat that beat down on the players all afternoon at the national stadium in London will now settle on 63-year-old Sarri as he looks to spark an immediate improvement in their Premier League opener at Huddersfield Town next week. Both goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and midfielder Eden Hazard are still on their breaks after helping Belgium to finish third at the World Cup.

"In the next week we have a friendly match again (against Lyon) and I prefer in this moment to stay on the pitch with the players only for training".

"We have just started working with him [Sarri] but in the first days we have seen that he is a manager who likes to shape the game from the back, he likes to play football".

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