Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Five things we learned from the Community Shield

Five things we learned from the Community Shield

Last season was the first training and playing sometimes with us and now he is more mature and part of the first-team.

With new signing Riyad Mahrez also making his competitive debut, the signs suggest City have moved on from last term as Guardiola seeks to become the first manager since United's Alex Ferguson in 2009 to mastermind successive Premier League titles.

Pep Guardiola was very happy with the performance and it sends an ominous message to the Premier League rivals trying to ensure the Citizen's don't retain their title.

The annual curtain raiser to the start of yet another English top flight campaign sees the FA Cup holders Chelsea go head to head with Manchester City, the reigning Premier League champions. But that was the only sour note for City.

While Guardiola was all smiles, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri admitted the team's hectic pre-season schedule has left his players unable to adapt to his tactics.

To watch a free live stream of the 2018 FA Community Shield match pitting Chelsea vs. Manchester City, use the stream provided by ESPN+, the online subscription sports network of the sports media giant ESPN. City finished 30 points ahead of Chelsea.

Sarri, who replaced sacked compatriot Antonio Conte in July, did their best to respond to his high-pressing game but the conditions took their toll and by the end they looked ragged and off the pace.

A squad of largely fringe and youth players made the trip to the States, where City lost 1-0 and 2-1 to Dortmund and Liverpool before coming from 2-0 down to beat Bayern.

Sergio Aguero scored twice in a 2-0 loss, which could have been a lot worse had Pep Guardiola's troops had their shooting boots on.

Foden's contribution was the highlight of an assured display from the 18-year-old midfielder that belied his tender age and showed why he is hailed by City staff as the "Stockport Iniesta". But there was one man who had some success: the Blues' thrilling teen Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The 17-year-old winger gave a glimpse of his blistering pace and nimble footwork when he cut in from the left flank to bring City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo into action with a stinging drive.

Chelsea, who were without Eden Hazard, took 25 minutes to even register a shot and seldom threatened and it was no surprise when Aguero added a second from a Bernardo Silva pass just before the hour after having just spurned a clearer chance. The Italian global will look to dictate the play from the middle of the park, with Ross Barkley and Tiemoue Bakayoko giving him company in the midfield trio, with Cesc Fabregas likely to miss out due to a knee injury.

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