Manchester City managed to secure their first Community Shield since 2012 after they picked up a comfortable 2-0 triumph over Chelsea. The Citizens were the more dominant side from the off and goals from Sergio Aguero in either half ensured that they prepared for the new Premier League season with a strong display.
Three things we learned:
Sergio Aguero achieves the 200-goal landmark: The Argentina international had been stranded on 199 goals since the League Cup final against Arsenal in February and he should be a relieved footballer after securing his 200th City goal before the Premier League opener. Aguero had not featured in a single pre-season game for City after his recent World Cup exploits but he managed to make an instant impression with a match-defining brace. Aguero has now bagged 12 goals against the Blues – 10 of which have come in the colours of City.
Maurizio Sarri’s faces early questions: Chelsea had come into the game with a better preparation, given most of their players were present through the vast past of their pre-season tour. Nevertheless, they were second-best over the course of the game with their midfield, in particular, lacking the presence of the hard-working N’Golo Kante. Summer signing Jorginho looked good in pre-season but he was pretty much average in the Community Shield where a young Phil Foden outclassed him in the centre of the park. City adopted a quick pressing game versus the Blues and this certainly restricted the impact of the Italy international.
Chelsea’s need for a new marksman: During the course of pre-season, Sarri has decided to stick with Alvaro Morata upfront but not much has gone right for the Spain international. The former Real Madrid graduate failed to contribute a single goal during pre-season and his fortunes did not change against City, where he could not register a shot on target. Both Oliver Giroud and Michy Batshuayi should provide the added competition next term but Sarri may need to re-invest in a new marksman, considering none of them have a prolific record in front of goal.