Chelsea to hold talks with Eden Hazard over future tomorrow

A plethora of players are yet to return or be cleared for action following their World Cup involvement for both sides, so here is a combined XI for those set to be involved at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.

Can Manchester City pick up where they left off last season or will they have a serious challenger? Pep said of Sarri.

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.

Get Sky Sports' dedicated football channels with our new season offer to watch over 500 live games this season. Whilst some believe that money has ruined the competition in the league and made it unfair, others view the huge influx of money as exciting times for the division, as it means that even clubs who linger around the relegation zone can purchase fancy players to bolster their squad and survival hopes. I think we need more time to be a real contender for ourselves, for the referees, for the system, everything to fight for the Champions League.

The squad will be nearly identical to the one that smashed all sorts of Premier League records last season and they're understandablyodds-on shots to be the first to retain the Premier League title in ten years but a disrupted start to their 2018/19 campaign is a distinct possibility.

Napoli's swashbuckling attempts to unseat Juventus domestically persuaded Chelsea to make Sarri their sixth Italian boss when Antonio Conte's inevitable departure arrived at the start of pre-season.

Maurizio Sarri, the latest man to enter the revolving Chelsea manager's door, takes charge of his first "competitive" game for The Blues on Sunday after two decent enough matches in the International Champions Cup in France and Ireland, against Inter Milan last Saturday, and London rivals, Arsenal, on Wednesday.

"Sometimes it's better to be angry with the manager, or you shout at the players, as long as they play football better".

"My job is this, to improve my players".

"We can not deny there are more contenders, United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, they have excellent players". Both sides have four victories apiece in the fixture.

There has been speculation in the past few weeks over a number of Chelsea's most high-profile players, with goalkeeper Courtois and midfielders Willian and Hazard all linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge. "I'm so happy he came here".

  • Steve Townsend