"The football played by Napoli has been out of this world".
Chelsea had many of their World Cup participants back in action at Wembley as the likes of Willian, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, Victor Moses and Wily Caballero all started against Chelsea. But, the Englishman is likely to start on the bench against Manchester City. The striker was fit for the World Cup, but Argentina was eliminated in the round of 16, ensuring he left Russian Federation two weeks before the tournament ended.
Chelsea were outplayed for much of the contest and Sarri says his side still have a lot of ground to catch up on the defending Premier League champions.
Although the midfielder featured in City´s final game of last season, it was only to ensure he had played sufficient matches to claim a title medal. Luiz, in particular, could have a role in the upcoming season owing to Manchester City's inability to land a midfielder in this summer's transfer window. They defeated Chelsea 2-0 but it should have been a bigger winning margin. "We will see at the end of the season what our level is".
With key players still absent from the squad, including midfielders Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva, the young midfielder took his opportunity with a confident and composed display in warm conditions. In total, the teenager created three chances, the most of anyone on the pitch.More news: Community Shield 2018: Chelsea vs Man City predictions, stats and betting tips
Although Conte won the FA Cup at Wembley in May, he paid the price for Chelsea's slump from league winners to fifth place, leaving the 2012 Champions League winners out of Europe's elite competition this year.
Sterling helped Man City win the Premier League title last season in record breaking fashion, however, even though he played in an England side that reached the semi-final of the World Cup this summer, his performances in Russian Federation were less than remarkable and could be what's stalling his demand for higher wages. Following their 1-0 defeat of Manchester United in May, Chelsea are looking to extend that run to five and at odds in excess of 5/2, they're value to keep the trend running.
And when asked whether the 18-year-old was now ready for the Premier League this term, the City boss was unequivocal in his reply. Our pre-season until now has been a bit insane, I think, so we have to work.
The two heavyweights are heading into the campaign full of renewed hope, with the Blues under new management and the Citizens coming off the back of a record breaking 100-point season.