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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says a fear of failure makes him “starving” for more success.
Guardiola led City to the Premier League title in a record-breaking 2017-18, during which they became the first top-flight team to secure 100 points.
They also registered a record number of wins and scored the most goals in a Premier League season.
“I don’t like the feeling to lose games. That simple fear to lose a games make you hungry,” said Guardiola.
City could win their first trophy of the new season when they meet FA Cup winners Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.
Guardiola, 47, is aiming to become the first manager since Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson in 2009 to win back-to-back English top-flight titles.
“The players don’t have to be worried – I am ready to try it again,” said the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach.
“The fear to lose the games makes me starving and hungry again.
“All the managers try to avoid that feeling where you lose a game. You feel guilty, you feel bad, your private life is not good and your relationship with the players is not good.”
Debuts expected for Jorginho and Mahrez – team news
City winger Riyad Mahrez and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho are expected to make their debuts on Sunday.
Sunday’s match will be Maurizio Sarri’s first competitive fixture as Chelsea boss.
Both sides have lifted the shield on four occasions, with Chelsea losing to Arsenal last season on penalties.
The last side to win the Community Shield and then go on to win the Premier League were Manchester United in 2010.
Both clubs have been quiet in the transfer market, with Mahrez and Jorginho their sole major signings.
Indeed, with plenty of World Cup stars only just back in training, the newer faces hoping to impress at Wembley may well be youngsters.
Chelsea teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi has impressed so far in pre-season and may start in Eden Hazard’s place on the left of a front three, with Sarri ditching Antonio Conte’s back three for a 4-3-3 formation.
Belgium international Hazard has been given permission by Sarri to report back to the club on Monday, and the Italian says he has not spoken to the 27-year-old about his future.
Hazard has been deliberating over a new contract while also being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.
“We didn’t talk about this,” Sarri said. “We talked only about ‘can I arrive on Monday instead of Sunday?’
“In this moment there is no problem for Hazard.”
Ross Barkley – largely forgotten by former manager Antonio Conte since his January move from Everton – could also start, but there will be no Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Michy Batshuayi, N’Golo Kante or Olivier Giroud after their World Cup exploits. Brazil winger Willian failed to report for training last week.
City will be without World Cup semi-finalists including Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling but Pep Guardiola could hand a start to Phil Foden in midfield.
‘Perfect for English football’
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri: “First of all I’m looking forward to playing at Wembley, because it’s my first time. The match will be very difficult for us.
“I want to win, because it’s very important to have immediately a trophy.
“But in this moment of the season, it’s very important, the performance. We have to improve, of course.”
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: “I’m happy a manager Sarri is here. I will learn a lot and see him every weekend. We are going to improve because of his ideas.
“I’ve seen three games and he gets it. The team already in a short time plays like he wants. He needs more time but his ideas are already there.
“It’s going to be a good game. Chelsea will be a big rival, they always are. I think he will be perfect for English football.
“Sarri invited us in the summer, we went out in Italy and Sarri paid for the meal.”
Repeat of six years ago? – the stats
- City last lifted the Community Shield in 2012, defeating Chelsea 3-2 in a fixture played at Villa Park.
- Chelsea are looking to win the Community Shield for the first time since 2009, when they beat Manchester United 4-1 on penalties.
- This will be the third meeting between Chelsea and City at Wembley, with City winning the most recent one in April 2013 (2-1 in the FA Cup semi-final).
- Chelsea have lost each of their past two games against City – they haven’t lost three in succession against them since September 2010.
- The past four editions of the Community Shield have been won by the FA Cup winners, with Manchester United in 2013 the last reigning league champions to do so.
- City have won their past two matches at Wembley, both in 2017-18 – beating Spurs 3-1 in April and Arsenal 3-0 in the League Cup final in February. They haven’t won three consecutive matches at Wembley since March 1970.
- Chelsea have won 20 matches at Wembley – only Spurs (32), Man Utd (23), Arsenal (21) have won more times.
- Only one of Chelsea’s past 17 goals (excluding own goals) in games played at Wembley has been scored by an Englishman (John Terry v Spurs – League Cup final March 2015).
- Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero has scored five goals in his past five appearances against Chelsea, including a hat-trick in April 2016.
- No Manchester City player has scored more goals at Wembley than Sergio Aguero (3 – level with Yaya Toure).
Can you name the Community Shield goalscorers in the last 10 years?
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