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'We have very good midfielders, but maybe a midfielder with different characteristics [would be a good fit]'.

"Kevin (De Bruyne) and (Raheem) Sterling are not here but they will be back after the game on Sunday".

Fourteen of his 15 appearances in Spain's top flight came off the bench but his displays during pre-season have convinced Guardiola that Douglas Luiz could provide the extra midfield body instead of prime target Jorginho, who opted to join Chelsea and his former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri. "Now, from Monday we will be all together thinking what we have to do this season to maintain the level of last season".

City are also without a number of key players following their World Cup exploits but Guardiola will want to be successful and keep the winning feeling flowing heading into the new campaign.

"I talked with the club about the market but only one or maybe two times, no more".

"First of all, I'm looking forward to playing at Wembley, because it's my first time", Sarri said.

Chelsea have lost each of their last two games against Manchester City - they haven't lost three in succession against them since September 2010.

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The glorified friendly between the league champions and the FA Cup winners has been a notoriously poor predictor of success in recent years - no victor has gone on to be crowned champions in the same season since Manchester United in 2010-11.

"Always Chelsea is a big rival".

"I think it is very important to start with a trophy", he said. The Italian coach only arrived at the club three weeks ago, yet judging from the Blues' pre-season performances, it seems the players at his disposal have taken his footballing philosophy to heart. "The style of play will be flawless for English football".

"I think he has the potential to stay with us, play with us and improve with us".

Considering Chelsea will also be without Thibaut Courtois, N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard, it's pretty much an even field for both sides.

Cesc Fabregas may miss out due to a minor knee problem.


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