The new Manager clearly wanted a former player to lead the way as he aimed to bring a new style of football to the Bridge and the 26-year-old looks the flawless conductor for the Sarri orchestra. 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. Influential talisman and ex-Chelsea player, Kevin de Bruyne, will not figure in midfield so soon after his return from the World Cup and the inexperienced Lukas Nmecha may well be given at least some time up front. "I'm so happy he came here".
Guardiola said his team wanted to win the Community Shield to get their season off to a flying start but admitted they would not better last season's results in the Premier League. "The important thing is that they play better, not their relations with the manager".
"The table of the last Premier League told me City 100 points, Chelsea 70 points", he said. "I want players who want to come to Manchester City".
For Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas is a doubt with a minor knee injury.
Eden Hazard has sought permission from Maurizio Sarri to report for duty at Chelsea a day later than scheduled. He cites their half-time formation change against Arsenal back in 2016 - the switch that ultimately led to the Premier League title - as an example of their tactical flexibility. Also, for Chelsea it is not the ideal situation - they've had more time together in this part, but we have the work from the last two seasons.
"Of course, we now have Mahrez to play on the right, the left or the middle, but that doesn't influence Raheem at all".
There were plenty of rumors that Chelsea would not be able to keep hold of their key players at Stamford Bridge with the likes of Willian and Thibaut Courtois pushing for a move to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.
Sterling became British football's most expensive player in 2015 when swapping Liverpool for the Manchester City in a deal rising to £49m.
The Chelsea job has been one of the toughest in recent years, with 13 managers having taken the helm since Roman Abramovich took over in 2003, but Sarri said there was one way to stay in the hotseat.