Community Shield - 5 August 2018

Community Shield - 5 August 2018

Sergio Aguero scored twice _ once in each half for his record-extending 200th and 201st goals for City _ as FA Cup holder Chelsea was beaten 2-0 in the traditional curtain raiser to the English season at Wembley Stadium.

The big-name players who are available though, are Leroy Sane, Benjamin Mendy, Aymeric Laporte, Bernardo Silva, Claudio Bravo and record signing Riyad Mahrez, all of whom should feature against Chelsea.

The Blues are under the management of former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri and the Italian will hope to score an early blow over Guardiola at Wembley.

Some of their lethargy going forward could be put down to the heat, which made it hard for both sides to sustain any sort of tempo.

It's not going to be an easy start to Sarri's reign, with doubts surrounding the future of star players Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard and Willian and with World Cup victor, Olivier Giroud, also rumoured to be on his way out, but Chelsea fans could be in for a treat this season.

Guardiola's starting XI was without Gabriel Jesus, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Nicolas Otamendi, Vincent Kompany and Raheem Sterling among others, but that caused no problems whatsoever. We're not talking about having to win the Premier League title. "The players are in bad, bad conditions", Guardiola said. Sarri has completed two signings so far, with Jorginho and Rob Green joining the team. He was played clean in by Foden, he had all the time in the world and chose to round Caballero, but from a tight angle he hits the side netting.

In truth Foden and his team mates were helped in their task by Chelsea's defence, which looked all at sea against City's interchanging attackers.

Manchester City kicked off the campaign with silverware as Sergio Aguero's double saw off Maurizio Sarri's undercooked Chelsea in the Community Shield.

"I believe we can keep them here and keep them happy, but we will only see when we sit down with them".




He and N'Golo Kante are expected to form a formidable partnership in the middle for Sarri this term.

Both goals came courtesy of fine team moves - and both were started by City's centre-backs.

Danny Drinkwater - 5 - Didn't make much of impact on the game.

"I arrived three weeks ago, and I haven't seen six players yet".

Consigning Conte's favoured 3-4-2-1 formation to the bin, Sarri sent Chelsea out in a 4-3-3 system that malfunctioned from start to finish.

"I think we need something".

"We would like to find maybe one more because we do not have two specific players to substitute Fernandinho".

"What complicates matters is that clubs in Spain, Germany, Italy and France can sign players until 31 August, meaning Hazard and Willian could leave after Chelsea's chance to replace them has gone".

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