Manchester City picked up exactly where they left off. Pep Guardiola’s team played with the same panache and confidence as they did last Season when they stormed past every team to clinch the Premier League title. It was a historic day for City’s Sergio Aguero who was a constant thorn in Chelsea’s back, scoring a brace in a 2-0 win and also scoring his 200th Goal for the “Cityzens” as they Clinched the Community Shield against Chelsea.
— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) August 5, 2018
On one side we saw a team with the perfect defensive organisation and well-timed attacks, but on the other side, we saw a decidedly below average team. Chelsea were poor against Man City and Maurizio Sarri had a forgettable Debut for the Club. Cesar Azpilicueta was his consistent self; Ross Barkley looks a much-improved player and Callum Hudson-Odoi continues to perform but barring these three players, Chelsea seemed very under-cooked. The Blues have issues on and off the pitch especially with Thibaut Courtois wanting to leave the Club. They will have to sort these issues out before the start of the Premier League Season or Maurizio Sarri maybe in for a very turbulent campaign.
Positives for Chelsea:
Kante to come back ✔️
Hazard to come back ✔️
Hudson Odoi ✔️
Posers for Sarri:
Christensen or Luiz ❓
Third midfield slot RLC or Barkley or new signing❓
Problems for Sarri:
Panic transfer business
patience required UTC
— Mark Worrall (@gate17marco) August 5, 2018
What went right for City?
Aguero was obviously the major positive for Pep Guardiola’s side and was the Man of the match, but some other players made an impact as well. Fernandinho was absolutely solid at CDM, and Chelsea missed Kante on the day, Fernandinho made the team tick, and the Brazilian is an integral part of this Manchester City set up. But for me, the player that impressed immensely (Besides Aguero) was 18-Year-Old Phil Foden. Foden picked up an assist and was immensely pro-active in Midfield. Have a look at his numbers.
Phil Foden's Community Shield by numbers vs. Chelsea:
3 chances created
2 tackles won
1 through ball
A standing ovation for the teenager. 👶 pic.twitter.com/iDglHgmaSX
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 5, 2018
Manchester City plays Arsenal on Matchday 1 of the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Chelsea has one last International Champions Cup game on Tuesday against Lyon at Stamford Bridge before they take-on Huddersfield in their opening Premier League game.