Maurizio Sarri reveals Pep Guardiola warning ahead of Premier League move

Tanya Simon
August 4, 2018

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.

However, a new challenge faces Sarri in the 2018/19 campaign as he looks to enjoy a successful first season in English football with the Blues.

"In terms of his personality, how he comes across and his history of being a centre-half, I think I can learn a lot from him".

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

The FA will permit one break in each half, the first around the 25-minute mark and another around 70 minutes, but the teams will be told the breaks will last only a minute and that coaching staff are not permitted onto the field of play during that time.

Instead of turning his attention elsewhere, boss Pep Guardiola is ready to put his faith in one the club's youngsters.

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And to really kill the rumours linking the wantaway winger to United and Barcelona, Sarri had an assured response when asked if he was confident that the right winger would stay at the club.

Chelsea and Manchester City will be offered the chance for drinks breaks midway through each half of the Community Shield this weekend with temperatures forecast to be in the early 30s. Chelsea is always a big rival, with Antonio Conte before and with Maurizio too. "The style of play will be ideal for English football".

The 59-year-old is eager to do well but he acknowledges the size of the task against the Premier League champions. "But in this moment of the season it's very important, the performance".

In each of the past two Community Shield matches, new signings have scored, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic netting for Manchester United against Leicester City in 2016 and Sead Kolasinac doing likewise for Arsenal a year ago.

The Brazil-born Italian had been tipped to become the long-term successor to Fernandinho for the Premier League champions. "We have very good midfielders, but maybe a midfielder with different characteristics".

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been urged to smile more by one of the club's former players.

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