Douglas Luiz convinces Pep Guardiola he is the man for midfield

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Guardiola: I'm going to learn a lot from Maurizio Sarri

It was Guardiola left paying the price when Sarri's arrival at Stamford Bridge proved a factor in Italy worldwide Jorginho choosing to join Chelsea, despite City's own lengthy pursuit of the holding midfielder.

"I think he [Pep Guardiola] is the best coach in the world right now, or one of the best", he added.

"I'm happy that a manager of that level is here in the Premier League".

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"There's no doubt we want him", the City boss said.

In addition, both sides have shown weakness at the back in their pre-season games so far, with Chelsea keeping just one clean sheet (against Perth Glory) and City without a shutout. "Of course, he needs more time to work but his ideas are already there, so I think it'll be a good game (on Sunday)".

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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.

Having consistently lauded Sterling, his importance to his Manchester City team, and the player's potential to improve further still, it is scarcely in doubt that Guardiola would prefer to retain the services of the English worldwide. Chelsea's season of discontent has had consequences with Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Alvaro Morata and Willian either eyeing the exit or attracting attention from other clubs. 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.

"Yes, we were close, but in the end Jorginho chose to stay with Sarri", Guardiola said. We started two and a half weeks ago.

"I want to win because it is important to have an immediate trophy".

The Brailian was due back at pre-season training last week but a passport issue held up his return. "It's the main obstacle", said Pep.

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