Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Sergio Aguero double delivers Manchester City a Community Shield win over Chelsea

Sergio Aguero double delivers Manchester City a Community Shield win over Chelsea

Manchester City started the new campaign as they finished the last one with another dominant performance, overcoming Chelsea 2-0 thanks to a brace from Sergio Aguero.

The Premier League Champions opened the scoring on 13 minutes, as Phil Foden, who excelled on the spacious Wembley pitch, fed Aguero on the edge of the 18-yard box.

Pedro and City summer signing Riyad Mahrez had attempts at goal, before Caballero's defiance prevented Aguero from completing a hat-trick with a volleyed effort.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes the Blues need to bring in just one more player before the transfer window shuts down.

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.

Hired as an antidote to the acerbic Conte, former Napoli boss Sarri admits Chelsea are under-cooked following a hectic pre-season that has left him with little time to drill his players in the attacking philosophy that made his time in Italy so entertaining. Influential talisman and ex-Chelsea player, Kevin de Bruyne, will not figure in midfield so soon after his return from the World Cup and the inexperienced Lukas Nmecha may well be given at least some time up front.

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Open at Shinnecock Hills. "If I can just make a couple more birdies and keep the bogeys off my card, I shouldn't be too far away". It was a lot more hard , a lot firmer and I didn't quite hit it as well today but we just had such control of everything.

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

Jorginho's pass completion rate remained above 90 per cent, though - testament to his composure under pressure - and he will no doubt enjoy more dominant displays against the many Premier League teams unable to match the intense press of Pep's men.

Manchester City, on the other hand, are playing the Community Shield for the first time since 2014, when they were beaten 3-0 by Arsenal.

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. We've seen that before. 'We would like to find maybe one more because we don't have two specific players to substitute Fernandinho. The Hard Tackle predicts a 2-1 win for Sarri & kickstart the new era for Chelsea on a strong note. It's unclear if they will play for Chelsea again, with the duo linked with moves to Real Madrid. I do not know (if we are close).

With Agüero becoming the first City player to break the 200-goal barrier, Guardiola saluted the club's record scorer for the latest display of his predatory instincts.

However, the 31-year-old fell out of favour with Conte last season after a disagreement over tactics and also struggled with injury for much of the campaign. If Courtois says the same, I have to speak with my club, of course, because I only want players with a very high level of motivation'.

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