Mahrez loses debut match with Manchester City

Pep Guardiola

In January, City broke their transfer record to sign Aymeric Laporte for £57million and since signing off last term they have pushed the figure out again, spending £60million to recruit Riyad Mahrez.

'For the guy, it would have been a mistake for him and for us if he had chose to come here when he wanted to go with Maurizio (Sarri) and Chelsea.

English football received an exceptional player at the end.

Guardiola is quoted as saying by Metro: "No, we are not disappointed".

These sides shared a 1-1 draw when they met in this competition two years ago, and are priced at 5/2 (3.50) to take this one to a penalty shootout with another stalemate.

The effect of City having a record 16 players at the World Cup is that the squad Guardiola has available for the International Champions Cup in the United States is shorn of experience. We tried, but players have to go where they go.

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The 26-year-old added: "Since I was little I was someone who always enjoyed challenges. It is a fantastic league, the best in the world I think", Jorginho said on the Chelsea website.

Guardiola also said of City winger Leroy Sane being left out of Germany's World Cup squad: "Maybe this decision will make him stronger". If he doesn't play with us he plays with the second team, regularly stay with us and train like with Phil (Foden) and Brahim (Diaz). "It's a long road". "It was already done", Guardiola told a press conference.

"I know it's not easy for him given what's happened in the last period".

The Englishman has been out on loan for the past two seasons but wants his next move to be a permanent one as he looks to get his career back on track.

City play Chelsea in the Community Shield on 5 August before opening their league campaign at Arsenal a week later. The live match Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund will be broadcasted on Premier Sports.

Mahrez was City's best player, who showcased his attacking threat with a decent run and cross midway through the first half. I have watched him from a distance and seen good performances.

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