Maurizio Sarri will lead his Chelsea charges against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City tomorrow in the FA Community Shield before the Premier League returns the same week.
The match could be written off as a friendly, but it’s more to Chelsea under the new management of Sarri who is in the process of implementing a new playing style at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have played three games thus far in pre-season, and the signs of a new playing system are already evident. However, there are still some major rough edges and this game is sure to provide more insight on how Sarriball is doing thus far.
Chelsea come up against an arguably superior opposition in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, in terms of quality on the pitch, and style of play.
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Man City play the best brand of possession football in the Premier League, very similar to Guardiola’s tiki-taka at Barcelona, and they are also excellent with the ball.
They are one of the teams that will exploit loopholes in any team, feed on it and take the opposition to the cleaners, as they are also ruthless in attack.
Therefore, Chelsea have a game on their hands, regardless of the presence or absence of some key performers on both sides. Both managers have shown that they’ll stick to their playing pattern regardless of the quality of the opposition.
Sarri showed that in Napoli, and it’s already evident in his current Chelsea side, as shown in the games played thus far. Guardiola never goes back on his playing philosophy, meaning that we have an entertaining cracker on our hands.
POSSIBLE ABSENTEES FROM THE GAME
Man City will miss key men in Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones and Raheem Sterling. The likes of Danilo, Mangala, Laporte, and Phil Foden are all injury doubts.
Chelsea will be without playmaker Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, N’golo Kante and Olivier Giroud, Willian just returned and may not play a part in the game.
Regardless, this should be an exciting encounter. Will the Blues be able to possess the ball than Man City? That’s a big ask, based on how they coped against Arsenal.
Sarriball is still a work in progress, but Man City will surely look to exploit the high pressing line from Chelsea. Chelsea too will surely create chances, but will not keep the ball better than City.
All in all, our players must take their chances when they come, as Manchester City will definitely have more of the ball and look to dictate play, as they’re well versed in possession football.
There were no pleasant memories for Sarri the last time he came up against Pep Guardiola as the Spaniard emerged tops. They go again tomorrow, this time, on the English terrain.
An exciting game to watch out for, and more so. for the neutrals.Man City are arguably favorites for the win, although, the Blues must have a thing or two to say about that.