Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Manchester City beat Chelsea to win Community Shield

Manchester City beat Chelsea to win Community Shield

The English season got off to a familiar start as Manchester City's Sergio Aguero struck twice, including his 200th goal for the club, as they beat Chelsea 2-0 to claim the Community Shield for the fifth time at a sun-baked Wembley on Sunday.

Phil Foden delivered an accomplished display in the Community Shield.

New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed that David Luiz is a key part of his plans for the upcoming season.

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. Our pre-season has been a bit insane so we have to work.

But they produced a controlled and efficient performance to secure their third piece of silverware in the past six months.

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Inspired by Aguero, City could have won by five but they settled for one more in the 58th minute.

A host of their star players returning from the World Cup barely had enough time to play together before the game, but for the defending champions, it didn't seem to matter one bit.

As Chelsea looked to move forward, Callum Hudson-Odoi embarked on a threatening run before he was tackled - but that proved only to be the prelude to a City breakthrough.

Pep Guardiola hailed Bernardo Silva's Community Shield performance as "a masterpiece" and suggested the Portuguese is now one of the first names on his Manchester City team sheet.

In terms of passes, Chelsea managed 392 and 395 against City in their two league games last season. Pep Guardiola's team were in total control against a Chelsea side definitely missing the tiresome workrate of N'Golo Kante. As far as matters on the pitch is concerned, Maurizio Sarri will look towards the Italian global to run the show from the middle of the park and create the chances for his teammates in the final third. Both games finished one apiece with Chelsea winning the first on penalties, 5-4, before they lost 6-5 to Arsenal. The Hard Tackle predicts a 2-1 win for Sarri & kickstart the new era for Chelsea on a strong note.

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"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".

Guardiola praised the desire of some of his players with many only just coming back to training this week but playing a full 90 minutes in sweltering conditions. We have to work.

Only three weeks into his reign, Sarri cut the kind of frustrated figure that was familiar to Chelsea fans who grew used to Antonio Conte's touchline anguish when results went bad last season.

Alvaro Morata, who has vowed to improve this campaign, played up front but was substituted in the 69th minute for Tammy Abraham having contributed very little.

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