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Manchester City out to show Chelsea's Jorginho what he's missing

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola out to show Jorginho what he's missing after failing to sign Chelsea midfielder in the summerJorginho turned down the chance to sign for Manchester City in the summer City manager Pep Guardiola was full of praise for Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri Sarri snatched Jorginho for £57million from under Guardiola and City's noses 

One of Maurizio Sarri's first acts in English football was to offer an explanation to Pep Guardiola and he chose the Wembley tunnel as his setting.

Minutes after losing the Community Shield, the Chelsea manager poked his head around Manchester City's dressing room and asked for a quick word.

Sarri started clarifying quite how it came to pass that they snatched Jorginho for £57million, a move that angered the Premier League champions at the end of a lengthy transfer saga.

Manchester City will try and show Chelsea midfielder Jorginho what he is missing out on

City largely blamed Napoli for that – claiming Jorginho was forced into choosing Chelsea for financial reasons - but Sarri, mindful of his blossoming relationship with Guardiola, felt he owed something of an apology. He was told in no uncertain terms that it really was not necessary.

The waters have undoubtedly calmed between these two clubs. It is not so long ago that Guardiola was seen scampering down the Stamford Bridge tunnel to antagonise Gary Cahill after a tempestuous defeat, but relations are now far more cordial.

'The job Maurizio has done so far is excellent - people don't know how difficult it is to play in a special way,' Guardiola said on Friday.

'We play five hypothetically strong teams in the Premier League and tomorrow is the last one away, apart from Manchester United, and our behaviour was good.'

City manager Pep Guardiola praised Maurizio Sarri for the work he has done at Chelsea

Guardiola conceded, however, that he has only won once in west London. His job is made harder this evening by the continued absence of both Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne. The City manager is toying with the idea of starting Raheem Sterling as a central striker, in part to counter Jorginho.

City are fully aware of the damage Jorginho can inflict but his snub has not damaged relations with Sarri, someone Guardiola only met for the first time last year, exchanging numbers after a Champions League group game.

They traded extravagant public compliments before the Catalan was treated to an exceptionally expensive bottle of wine by his host at Stadio San Paolo.

It was there when Guardiola suggested they visit legendary coach Arrigo Sacchi in Milano Marittima the following summer, and Sarri would later confide in the two managerial greats that he was likely to take over from Antonio Conte during a meal at Perla Verde.

Jorginho's decision to snub City has not damaged relations between Sarri and Guardiola

Gianfranco Zola, Sarri's assistant, is also close with Guardiola and was twice invited to observe Barcelona training a decade ago.

The ethos of both teams is very similar, although Eden Hazard claimed this week that the only way City can improve is by signing Eden Hazard. Guardiola predictably poured cold water on that eventuality.

Guardiola and Italy are intrinsically linked and sources say his understanding of defending evolved under journeyman Carlo Mazzone at Brescia during a short stint there in 2003. Today he expects a game of chess against the most progressive Italian coach since Sacchi.

'You have to commit,' Guardiola said. 'When they come they push up. You have to read where our men are free and where the spaces are. I like this kind of way because Chelsea try to win the game. If they do it better they will beat us if we do it better we will win.'

The 1-0 victory there last season proved a catalyst. City's squad brought the dressing room down afterwards, with Guardiola briefly joining in when De Bruyne's name was sung. For him, it was seismic.

'It more than three points,' Guardiola added. 'It showed we could do it. It was an important step, the first important game away against the last champion, to say we can go anywhere and deliver a good performance.

'Since we have continued in that vein and the target is to try to do it again. In these sort of games of course we want to win but I'm more focused on our behaviour. How we are as a team on those sort of stages. That's what I want to see from my team.'



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