FA Cup Champions Chelsea take on Premier League victors Manchester City, in the Official “Curtain raiser” of the English Premier League. Both sides have some quality players and some absences due to injury or extended vacations after World Cup duty. So taking all these facts under consideration let’s have a look at the Combined XI for this Community Shield game.
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GK- Claudio Bravo (Manchester City)
Not a popular opinion but Claudio Bravo has started the pre season on a high. Looks confident and sure of what he is doing. Hoping for a great season from him.#ManCity https://t.co/jM879Xw1cg pic.twitter.com/lLMOAwgNAa
— Subhayan (@RoamingVolante) July 29, 2018
Both Chelsea and Manchester City are going into this game without their first Choice keepers, Courtois and Ederson respectively. Bravo is immensely experienced and makes the cut ahead of Chelsea’s Caballero or Bulka.
LB- Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)
— Breathe Chelsea (@BreatheChels) July 9, 2018
No defender has been involved in more goals in the Premier League (Since 2016) than Marcos Alonso. To add to that impressive stat Marcos Alonso is also a very effective Free-Kick specialist having scored three free kicks since his arrival at the Club.
CB- David Luiz (Chelsea)
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 31, 2018
David Luiz seems to be enjoying his Football under Maurizio Sarri and the Brazilian is slowly getting his rhythm back. On his day, Luiz can be one of the best defenders in the World.
CB-Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)
— Antonio Rüdiger (@ToniRuediger) August 1, 2018
Rudiger was Chelsea’s best Signing last Season and the former-Roma Centre-Back should start against Man City In Wembley.
RB- Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
— César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) August 1, 2018
Hands down the most consistent Defender in the Premier League. Azpilicueta has been amazing for the Blues and makes this team ahead of Kyle Walker on the basis of consistency. Also Considering the fact that Walker may not start this game.
CDM – Fernandinho (Manchester City)
No Premier League player won more tackles in the opposition's half last season than Fernandinho (25).
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 24, 2016
The Brazil International has returned to full training with Manchester City and will probably start against Chelsea. Fernandinho was exceptional for Manchester City last Season and will be looking to hit the same level this year as well.
CDM(Deep Lying Playmaker) – Jorginho (Chelsea)
⏰ Jorginho played 180 minutes in pre-season for @ChelseaFC.
😳 He only gave the ball away ONCE.
🎯 Always In Control. 👏 pic.twitter.com/kYmOP8YIdq
— SPORF (@Sporf) August 1, 2018
Jorginho has been impressive for his new Club and has misplaced only one pass in 180 minutes. The Italian National is helping his new teammates adapt to Maurizio Sarri’s style having already flourished under the Manager at Napoli.
CAM- Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)
Bernardo Silva turned the game on its head with two fine goals for Man City pic.twitter.com/6xMc1beO3X
— Goal (@goal) July 29, 2018
Bernardo Silva spent a lot of time on the bench last Season but the Portuguese International has looked a much better player in Pre-Season and should play a bigger role at the Etihad this time around.
LW- Leroy Sane (Manchester City)
ON THIS DAY: In 2016, Leroy Sane joined Man City for £37m.
🔵 17/18 Premier League winner
🔵 17/18 Young Player of the Year
The second youngest player to provide 15+ assists in a single Premier League season. pic.twitter.com/ppjueEG7Hm
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 2, 2018
Leroy Sane was 2017/18 PFA Young Player of the Year and the German will be looking to continue Performing for Manchester City.
ST- Alvaro Morata (Chelsea)
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 3, 2018
Before you pounce on me and talk about Morata’s poor performances last Season and during Pre-Season, hear me out. Aguero and Jesus are yet to feature for Man City and Tammy Abraham or Lukas Nmecha don’t exactly make the cut.
RW- Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 3, 2018
Mahrez has shaken off a Knee injury and is ready to start against the Blues. Manchester City’s record signing will be hoping to start the Season with a bang to justify his hefty £60 Million price tag.