New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri lamented his depleted squad after his side fell 2-0 to Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday, saying he's yet to even see six players.
Brazilian-born Italian, Jorginho, a long-time target of Sunday's opponents, has followed Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea and it may not be long before the pair have Chelsea playing the sort of football that Pep Guardiola was gushing about before City took on Napoli in the Champions League previous year.
"We have to do what we did last season, and remember the good things we did and the things that unfortunately didn't work out, learn from it and make this season better than the previous". The likes of Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones, captain Vincent Kompany and a few more have only had a few days of training, and Guardiola will likely focus on building up their fitness for the season ahead instead of throwing them into the deep end straight away.
With N'Golo Kante unavailable they looked the opposite of City, with play pedestrian and touches frequently heavy, especially in the final third.
An FA Community Shield Preview show will be available on ESPN+ later, looking back at the campaigns of both clubs last season, and features a one-on-one interview with Chelsea's new manager, Maurizio Sarri.
"It was a competitive game, when there's a trophy you have to win it and now we are going to recover and be ready for the next game (their Premier League opener against Arsenal next weekend)". "Now he is one year on, he is more mature", said Guardiola.
Foden tested the former City keeper a few minutes later with a low shot and even managed to win a risky header at the back post from Ilkay Gundogan's free-kick.
Resolving the managerial situation hasn't ended uncertainty around Chelsea. Hailing Chelsea's summer business Morata said the Italian midfielder could become a key player this season.
The question of whether Courtois will return to Stamford Bridge at all remains in doubt after his agent said on Saturday that the goalkeeper has made it clear to Chelsea he wants to move to Real Madrid.
"I have no reaction on the agent. I don't have any answer to the agent".
Premier League clubs have until Thursday to sign players after the close of the transfer window was brought forward to before the season opens.
City has already broken its transfer record, signing Riyad Mahrez last month for 60 million pounds (then $80 million). He was played clean in by Foden, he had all the time in the world and chose to round Caballero, but from a tight angle he hits the side netting.
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