Willian returns to training ahead of Man City clash

Pep Guardiola

One major signing is Jorginho, the Italy midfielder who is set to be integral to Sarri's Blues.

Sarri said: "Loftus-Cheek I have seen him just for three, four trainings".

Pep Guardiola is in a much better position than Sarri as far as the availability of first-team footballers is concerned. "I'm so satisfied with the squad".

It's going to take time for Sarri to make his mark in the capital and having umpteen departures and a few more possible arrivals won't help the transition any but if we can read anything in to his first two games in charge, the signs are positive for Blues fans.

The Brazilian has featured 53 times for the Citizens and scored 24 goals in that time, and his effort has not gone unnoticed by Guardiola now that Jesus has penned a two-year extension at City, to keep him there until 2023.

My job is to improve my players.

"His fight to put every effort in is incredible".

Jesus is one of a number of players back in the City reckoning after the World Cup, with Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling the only squad members yet to return to the fold.

Sarri joined Chelsea to replace Antonio Conte.

"We were close but, in the end, Jorginho chose to stay with (former Napoli boss) Maurizio", Guardiola said. The Italian worldwide will look to dictate the play from the middle of the park, with Ross Barkley and Tiemoue Bakayoko giving him company in the midfield trio, with Cesc Fabregas likely to miss out due to a knee injury.

Guardiola, however, told the Manchester Evening News that his side will look to play positively in the contest despite the numerous absences in his team.

"I think it will be a good game, always Chelsea is a big rival".

The former Napoli man is key to Maurizio Sarri's style of play and triggers action in the final third with his impeccable passing accuracy - making him the ideal link man from defence to attack.

"I am ready, I am ready", said Guardiola of City's title defence.

FA Cup winners Chelsea finished fifth, 30 points behind champions City, in the Premier League last season. If I felt it's done and we can not improve I would not be here.

"We talked only about 'can I arrive on Monday instead of Sunday?'"

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