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Maurizio Sarri reveals Pep Guardiola warning ahead of Premier League move

04 August 2018

Sarri will speak to them before the FA Community Shield on Sunday and the task of closing the gap on runaway champions City and his good friend Pep Guardiola.

Guardiola has previously spoken of his excitement to lock horns with Sarri in the top-flight throughout the course of the upcoming season and ahead of the sides' Community Shield outing this weekend, the Spaniard was full of praise again for his counterpart.

A month later, Sarri was appointed Antonio Conte's successor, charged with reversing Chelsea's decline of last season and while the Wembley meeting means little in the context of the title race, a positive result would provide the Italian's reign with a welcome early lift.

However, a new challenge faces Sarri in the 2018/19 campaign as he looks to enjoy a successful first season in English football with the Blues.

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He could become the first Premier League manager since David Moyes in 2013 in the same competition to win a trophy in his first game.

"Guardiola told me here in England that it is very hard, the level is very high", said Sarri, who declared his desire to remain at Chelsea for a decade.

"I think it's the time in my career where I need to play as many games as I can".

Guardiola added: "He's ready to play, that's why we want the permit". However, Hodgson told talkSPORT: "I spoke to Wilf yesterday and he certainly gave me no indication it was true about wanting to quit the club". I think he will stay.

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"The way he plays, I think will be ideal for English football".

'It is hard because Manchester City have been working together for two years.

For Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas is a doubt with a minor knee injury. "The match will be very hard for us", he said.

'I talk with the club about the market but only one or maybe two times, not more.

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The former Wigan Athletic ace who converted a penalty for the Super Eagles at the World cup in Russian Federation is being tipped to lift the Blues even as new coach Maurizio Sarri is hoping to win a title even before his first season at the Stamford Bridge.

Maurizio Sarri reveals Pep Guardiola warning ahead of Premier League move