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Willian returns to training ahead of Man City clash

05 August, 2018, 14:44 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

The FA Cup winners play the Premier League Champions in the traditional season-opener on Sunday and Steve Rawlings fancies the outsiders are the value.

The Algerian worldwide finally made his move to the Citizens from Leicester City have been linked since last summer.

But whatever the line-ups, there are plenty of talking points and the game will be closely watched for clues as domestic football reclaims centre stage just three weeks after the World Cup final in Russian Federation.

Chelsea will begin their season without Antonio Conte, who was shown the door by the Chelsea board. He is with us and he is our goalie but I don't know what his future will be.

As always, feel free to post to your own Manchester City and/or Chelsea starting XI predictions, as well as your score predictions, in the comments section below.

It's about maintaining focus and the dressing-room winding each other up, so it's not only the manager driving it forward, but also the big personalities reminding the others that they can't take anything for granted against anybody.

The Premier League champions' have signed another winger this summer in Mahrez, bought from Leicester City for £60million last month, but Guardiola is confident that the versatility of both players will allow both to feature if he wishes.

Guardiola: I'm happy a manager like Sarri is here, I will learn a lot and see him every weekend.




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

"But Barcelona, for me the best team in the world at playing football, won their first in 1992".

The Italian will bring a switch to his favoured 4-3-3 and should implement a more attacking brand of football but there are questions if some of the players he inherited suit his style of play.

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

For Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas is a doubt with a minor knee injury.

Willian is likely to be on the bench at Wembley, while Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois are expected to miss out altogether as they're yet to return to training.

A cagey, laboured pre-season affair to be decided on penalties. Over 180 young people who participate in Club disability sports sessions, funded by the Premier League and BT, attended the event at Manchester City's Etihad Campus.

Maurizio Sarri has given Chelsea fans an insight into what we could be looking for in the transfer market between now and the end of the week.

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