Chelsea vs Manchester City, Community Shield: Sergio Aguero double powers City to win - as it happened
Premier League champions Manchester City defeated FA Cup winners Chelsea 2-0 in the Community Shield match at Wembley on Sunday thanks to a brace from Sergio Aguero.
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A goal in each half by Argentina striker Sergio Aguero was enough to give defending Premier League champions Manchester City a comfortable 2-0 win over FA Cup winners Chelsea. Aguero also joined the likes of Thierry Henry and Frank Lampard to have scored 200 goals for a single club in English football. Chelsea under new manager Maurizio Sarri never looked like troubling City and have a huge task ahead of them to recapture former glory. City, on the other hand look brilliant and will be favourites to land the league title again.
Chelsea vs Manchester City as it happened:
Manchester City look a well-oiled machine and new addition Riyad Mahrez has proved that he fits into Pep Guardiola’s system. The youngsters looked good, the experienced heads did their bit and Aguero, while not at his clinical best, still scored twice. As for Chelsea, they showed glimpses of what Maurizio Sarri expects of them. However, they are still struggling to adapt back to a 4-3-3 formation and sorely miss both N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard at this point. But one would suspect that even with the two of them back, the Blues will likely not be Premier League title contenders this season.
City win the Charity Shield
Full time and a Sergio Aguero brace is enough for Manchester City to beat Chelsea 2-0 and win the FA Community Shield. That was a thoroughly dominant performance from Pep Guardiola’s side.
4 minutes of injury time have been added on.
City playing ball
City are passing the ball around with the kind of nonchalant air that would make most teams embarrassed. Chelsea have obviously given up at this stage.
Foden goes off
Brahim Diaz replaces Phil Foden - someone who, alongside Hudson-Odoi, came to India last year and won the U-17 World Cup for England.
Mountain to climb
Chelsea have twenty minutes to score two goals and take the game to a penalty shootout - no extra-time in this game, remember. At this rate, them scoring even one is an achievement.
Pedro comes close
Pedro has looked a bit lively in the second half and gets into a good shooting position inside the box but fires wide.
Chelsea ring in the changes
Chelsea make two changes: Willian and Danny Drinkwater come on for Hudson-Odoi and Fabregas. Undoubtedly Sarri’s looking to add some legs to this side in order to avoid being overrun.
Aguero doubles lead
GOAL! A wonderful counter-attack sees Chelsea’s defence caught unaware and Aguero is on hand to slot one past Caballero’s near post. Game’s all but over now.
Chelsea seem to be growing into the game a bit now, with Azpilicueta marauding down the right flank only to overhit the cross. Although if they continue to look this disjointed, question marks over their formation will remain.
Aguero misses a sitter
My word Aguero, what have you done?! Luiz is sleeping as the Argentine runs past him and with only Caballero to beat, Aguero rounds him but somehow only hits the side netting.
Jorginho, the man who chose to sign for Chelsea over City this summer, hasn’t looked at his best thus far. Mind you, the presence of N’Golo Kante in that midfield would help Chelsea considerably but the Frenchman is yet to rejoin the side.
We are ready to roll
City get things going in the second half, Chelsea need to keep more of the ball this half
End of the first half; Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City
City scored the first goal, Chelsea have kept pressing, their finishing has not been close to what it should be. Sarri might fire a few rockets.
Chelsea fumble again
They tried to break free, City defenders close them down and Chelsea lose the ball, once again. It has really been a tired performance from Sarri’s boys
City oozing class
They do not all the fisr-choice players at their disposal, but the Premier League champions look silken even with soaked shirts
Good play by Chelsea
Sarri’s men finally have something to say about the match. Pedro and Morata play a lovely ball between them and then pass on the ball to Hudson-Odoi who is released on the left. Shot taken but the ball is well over Bravo to be hassled.
Morata got the ball, he jinks in, and then attempts to shoot, but the ball is well clear and Bravo can watch it sail by
Sane breaks free
The German gets the ball, bullets past the defence, Chelsea not quite very tight, but Caballero rushes forward slides and collects the ball.
City all over Chelsea
Mahrez whips one ball in, Luiz boots it away, Chelsea seem to be chasing the game at the moment. Sarri is not too hassled at the moment.
GOAL!!!! Aguero scores
Lovely play from City, keeping the ball, and now Foden gets the ball to Aguero who calmly finds the bottom corner to give Man City the lead
8 minutes: Hudson-Odoi surfaces
The 17-year-old gets the ball, cuts in but then loses the ball. He should be one free spirit on the pitch today
Sarri’s side is struggling to keep the ball and their passes are not quite penetrative enough, they are chasing the game at the moment.
Sane looking sharp
The German is making impressive runs, he even took a shot at goal, but blasted it wide. He was left out of the German world cup squad, remember?
Chelsea get us rolling
And just as we blink, there is a foul, it is buzzing, it is sweltering
Both sets of players await in the tunnel, and out they go, Wembley is buzzing at the moment, the mystique of the unknown
The new boss speaks
Well, Sarri has never been to Wembley before. It is all building up, folks.
City look strong
The young beauty in Phil Foden gets the nod by Pep and the rest of the team looks rock solid. Well, yes, they do!
Your @HaysWorldwide #cfcvcity, Community Shield line-up!— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 5, 2018
CITY XI | Bravo, Walker, Stones, Aguero, Laporte, Sane, Bernardo, Mendy, Fernandinho (c), Mahrez, Foden
SUBS | Ederson, Kompany, Gundogan, Otamendi, Jesus, Diaz, Gomes pic.twitter.com/SQvs5apXFI
Chelsea announce the starting XI
17-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi makes it as Sarri does not have his World Cup heroes at his disposal for the time being