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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will meet Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola in this weekend’s Community Shield clash.

The duo met in the group stage of the Champions League last season when Napoli and City met, and Guardiola admitted that playing Sarri’s side was a difficult encounter.

As Chelsea and City meet again this Sunday, Sarri has revealed that he sees Guardiola as a friend.

He said in his press conference: “We went together to visit Arrigo Sacchi so Guardiola is a friend. I think he’s the best coach in the world, or one of the best for sure.

“The match is very difficult for one reason: they have worked together for two years and we started two-and-a-half weeks ago, so for us it will be a very difficult match.”

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