Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Douglas Luiz convinces Pep Guardiola he is the man for midfield

Douglas Luiz convinces Pep Guardiola he is the man for midfield

Manchester City last lifted the Community Shield in 2012, defeating this year's opponents Chelsea 3-2 in a fixture that was played at Villa Park. For both of these big money, big six power houses, several major stars and key players won't be available. Maybe it was a little bit late to announce that [he didn't want to join City] but if you decide you don't come, don't come.

"I think David will be very important for the team, to support me". City travel to Arsenal a week after the Community Shield.

It's the first opportunity to see City's all time most expensive player, Mahrez, play a meaningful game with his new club.

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola is ready to end his pursuit of a defensive midfielder if City can get a work permit for Douglas Luiz.

Jorginho is expected to line up at England's national stadium this weekend, where City's record signing Riyad Mahrez will be available after shaking off an ankle injury.

"I can assure you and the players it will happen every single game".

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said he is "very confident" that Willian will stay with the club this summer but admitted the future of Thibaut Courtois depends largely on the goalkeeper's decision.

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

Sterling became British football's most expensive player in 2015 when swapping Liverpool for the Manchester City in a deal rising to £49m.

"And in other competitions, the FA Cup and Champions League, always we can do better".

The Brailian was due back at pre-season training last week but a passport issue held up his return.

Sarri said: "I think it's very hard for everybody to play against City".

The match not just pits two of the most successful English teams in the last decade, but also two managers who share similar ideologies in terms of style of play.

The squad will be nearly identical to the one that smashed all sorts of Premier League records last season and they're understandablyodds-on shots to be the first to retain the Premier League title in ten years but a disrupted start to their 2018/19 campaign is a distinct possibility.

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