Pep Guardiola fears for Man City’s title defence with late returnees

Miralem Pjanic

Manchester City's Catalan manager Pep Guardiola.

City tried to sign the Italy midfielder from Napoli but he opted for a move to Chelsea. It would have been a mistake if he had come here when he wanted to go to Maurizio and Chelsea.

Guardiola told the club's official website after the game: "We did many good things". We try to play with it. English football received an exceptional player at the end. All the best for him'.

Mahrez made his debut for the Sky Blues in their 1-0 defeat against Borussia Dortmund in Chicago.

"He is a player who is one of the most incredible professionals I have ever met".

The 31-year-old has yet to play a Premier League match under Guardiola, and has spent time on loan at Torino and West Ham during the Spaniard's tenure.

Leeds need players and Chelsea have already proved that Leeds are now a club where their top young talent can go to develop in their eyes.

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The No 2 seed had looked set for a comfortable afternoon when he won the first two sets, the second on a tie-break. His record of 34 straight Wimbledon wins when up 2-0 was snapped in the third set, and Federer fell shortly after.

Southgate left him out of his 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russian Federation, during which Everton keeper Jordan Pickford impressed as number one.

"Leroy has to accept that this decision may make him stronger".

Youngsters Brahim Diaz, Douglas Luiz and Luke Bolton also impressed Guardiola in the United States, where City will next face Premier League rivals Liverpool in New Jersey on Wednesday.

A video has emerged on social media of the tactician taking on a few of his own players in a penalty shootout.

City play Chelsea in the Community Shield on 5 August before opening their league campaign at Arsenal a week later.

Mahrez showed good touches and quick feet to occasionally glide past Marcel Schmelzer, but playing tight to the wing, he wasn't able to influence the game. We of course prepared to win but it's normal [not to win games] in this part of the season - it just prepares the team.

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