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Maurizio Sarri has indicated towards picking a similar starting lineup as he did against Arsenal as Chelsea prepare to face Manchester City on Sunday.

Sarri, who has not won a trophy in his career, said: "The match for us is very hard for one reason: they have worked all together for two years".

Sarri also spoke about the fact that the managers at Chelsea don't stay for long. "I stay here because I think we can improve, but to get more than 100 points - no".

Jesus is one of a number of players back in the City reckoning after the World Cup, with Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling the only squad members yet to return to the fold. The team already in a short time play like he wants.

"I wouldn't say held him [Pogba] back but kind of not got the best out of the individuals at the right times", Lescott exclusively told Express Sport while speaking at the Premier League and BT Disability Football Festival at City's Etihad Campus.

Gabriel Jesus has done well to make an impact at Manchester City since arriving in 2017, particularly considering he often has Sergio Aguero to fight with for a place in Pep Guardiola's plans.

"But Barcelona, for me the best team in the world at playing football, won their first in 1992".


The Premier League champions' have signed another winger this summer in Mahrez, bought from Leicester City for £60million last month, but Guardiola is confident that the versatility of both players will allow both to feature if he wishes. Chelsea will be a big rival, they always are.

"I'd like for my players (to) have the personality and able to think in their mind that we are at the same level".

Chelsea have lost each of their last two games against Manchester City - they haven't lost three in succession against them since September 2010. The inconvenient tour didn't teach anyone anything and new signing, Mahrez, even managed to pick up an injury although he will play on Sunday.

"We asked for a work permit because we believe he can play with us, otherwise we would not ask them". Both sides have four victories apiece in the fixture.

"I want to win, because it's very important to have immediately a trophy".

Important players Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and N'Golo Kante are unlikely to play due to extended post-World Cup, while Brazilian midfielder Willian is not expected to be fit enough to start.

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