Maurizio Sarri was sceptical about Willian's excuses, describing the 29-year-old's absence as "strange" and some within the club feel he was angling for a move away given interest from Manchester United. "I want players who want to come to Manchester City".
City's only high-profile signing so far has been Riyad Mahrez from Leicester in a club-record £60 million ($78 million) deal but Italy global midfielder Jorginho plumped for Chelsea.
While last season the blues looked shaky at the back, this season could see fresh pairing of David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger guarding the back like a wall.
Chelsea have lost each of their last two games against Manchester City - they haven't lost three in succession against them since September 2010.
Pogba had a sensational summer, with the midfielder impressing in Russian Federation as France won the World Cup.
The 36-year old now the second choice shot-stopper in the side is expected to start in goal in absence of No 1 keeper Courtouis.
Pogba has shown glimpses of class during his return to United, however, the former Juventus star has struggled to impress consistently. I spoke yesterday with him [Willian] about his lateness.
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Jay Paterno, who was the team's quarterbacks coach under his father, has been a staunch defender of Joe Paterno's actions. Meyer said he and his wife, Shelley , addressed the incident with the Smiths, but that's about as far as it went.
"Maybe at the moment it's not true, but they have to start to think that they can play against everybody in every stadium, against every team". We made it clear from the day I arrived. He had times last season where he didn't hit the heights he wanted to individually.
"I want to win because it is important to have an immediate trophy".
"He'll be ready for this season, not to prove to anyone because he doesn't have to, but to just showcase his ability".
The Special One is well known for changing his tactics depending on the opponent, with Mourinho often criticised for being defensive.
"I'd like for my players (to) have the personality and able to think in their mind that we are at the same level".
Guardiola will also pay special attention to German winger Leroy Sane, controversially left out of his country's World Cup squad for Russian Federation, over the coming weeks although the City boss does not expect him to suffer any ill effects from that disappointment. So what can I say? It's going to be a good game. He has a way of thinking about which styles will beat certain teams, he adapts his approach week by week. So at the end I don't know what is going to happen.
"It is not good for any manager around the world so all the managers try to avoid that feeling when you lose a game".
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