Willian On Bench - Chelsea Team vs Manchester City Confirmed
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Aug 06, 2018,
Aug 06, 2018, 20:31
An U17 World Cup victor with England, the winger was a real livewire on the left flank.
But in an intriguing insight into what drives him on, Guardiola, whose team faced FA Cup winners Chelsea in the Community Shield yesterday, has explained how it is the fear of losing, rather than the joy of winning, that motivates him.
Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Maurizio Sarri or Josep Guardiola? This is the last opportunity for both teams to make any adjustments.
"But we can't just achieve this on the field, we have to focus on the season, the other teams have strengthened, it will be hard for all teams".
"In this moment, there is a little difference - maybe not little - between us and City", Sarri said.
Man of the match Aguero added a second from a Bernardo Silva pass after the interval but missed three clear chances, twice shooting wide and then foiled by a fine Willy Caballero save. Youngster Hudson-Odoi is also preferred up front to partner Morata.
The French centre back played just 13 times in the latter half of last season following his £57m move from Athletic Bilbao. Lyon fired 11 shots towards Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, but couldn't find a way through.
BBC reports that players were allowed water breaks during the game and some City players sitting on the bench had wet towels over their heads to try to protect them from the intensity of the sunshine.
And asked after Sunday's game how much time he would need to implement his tactics at Chelsea, Sarri could only say, "I don't know how long it will take".
Maurizio Sarri has his work cut out in order to close the gulf in quality between the two sides as he oversees a season of transition to a new style of football.
Despite the return of several stars though, a number of youngsters should be starting against Chelsea.
Dominican forward Mariano Diaz will look to continue building his fitness and match sharpness before the Ligue 1 season gets underway while ex-Manchester United full back Rafael will hope to feature in defence.
Click through the gallery above to see pictures of City lifting the Community Shield on Sunday.
It was Sarri's first competitive game in charge of the west London side after the Italian was brought in as Antonio Conte's successor at Stamford Bridge last month.