Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted that his side will be the underdogs when they face Manchester City in English footballs annual curtain raiser the Community Shield tomorrow at Wembley.
Former Napoli boss Sarri officially took over the Stamford Bridge hot seat from Countryman Antonio Conte on July 14, with tomorrow being the first time Premier League fans will get to see his much heralded ‘Sarri-Ball’ tactics in action.
Despite winning many admirers for his progressive possession-based approach, the 59-year-old coach is yet to win a trophy during his managerial career – something he will be looking to remedy tomorrow afternoon at Wembley.
“The match will be very difficult for us,” the Chelsea boss said in his pre-match press conference.
“I want to win because it is important to have an immediate trophy.
“But at this moment of the season, the performance is the most important thing. We have to improve of course. I hope to see from my team another step forward.”
Sarri also heaped praise on Manchester City’s Premier League winning coach Pep Guardiola ahead of tomorrows showdown, and also revealed that the lack of time he has had to get his ideas across to his players will be a significant factor.
“I think he [Pep Guardiola] is the best coach in the world right now, or one of the best,” he added.
“The match is very difficult for one reason. They have worked together for two years and we started two weeks and a half ago.”