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Monday, 6 August 2018

Chelsea 0-2 Manchester City: Sergio Aguero scores goal 201

Chelsea 0-2 Manchester City: Sergio Aguero at the double as Pep Guardiola's reigning Premier League champions ease to victory in Community Shield

  • Sergio Aguero scored goals 200 and 201 of his Manchester City career as they defeated Chelsea at Wembley
  • The Argentine striker rounded off a slick back-to-front move to hand Man City the lead after 13 minutes
  • Aguero doubled their advantage with another composed low finish after breaking clear just before the hour
  • Reigning Premier League champions City could have won the curtain-raiser more handsomely than 2-0
  • Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea were visibly second best as they struggled to stretch City and create chances
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His first FA Community Shield will not figure in the upper echelons when Pep Guardiola settles into his rocking chair with a pencil and paper for the final reckoning.
The prize will probably not make his Top 20 by the time to chart his mammoth haul of prizes but he will have taken great satisfaction from 90 minutes spent basking in the London sun in his baggy cream tee-shirt.
Guardiola would have turned up at Wembley searching for signs from his Manchester City team.
Manchester City celebrate with the Community Shield after their 2-0 victory over Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on Sunday
Manchester City celebrate with the Community Shield after their 2-0 victory over Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on Sunday
City's Fernandinho and Vincent Kompany jointly lift the Community Shield to kick off their celebrations at Wembley
City's Fernandinho and Vincent Kompany jointly lift the Community Shield to kick off their celebrations at Wembley
Pep Guardiola's City have another trophy to add to their growing collection after beating Chelsea in the Community Shield
Pep Guardiola's City have another trophy to add to their growing collection after beating Chelsea in the Community Shield
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri walks down the steps at Wembley after picking up his runners-up medal 
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri walks down the steps at Wembley after picking up his runners-up medal 
Sergio Aguero celebrates after opening the scoring for Manchester City after 13 minutes of the Community Shield
Sergio Aguero celebrates after opening the scoring for Manchester City after 13 minutes of the Community Shield
Aguero celebrates with Leroy Sane (left) and Benjamin Mendy (right) after opening the scoring in the Wembley contest
Aguero celebrates with Leroy Sane (left) and Benjamin Mendy (right) after opening the scoring in the Wembley contest                                                                                                           Match facts 
Chelsea (4-3-3): Caballero 6; Azpilicueta (c) 5, Rudiger 5, Luiz 4.5, Alonso 5; Fabregas 4.5 (Drinkwater 60, 6), Jorginho 5, Barkley 5; Pedro 5 (Moses 79), Morata 4.5 (Abraham 69, 6), Hudson-Odoi 6 (Willian 59, 6)
Substitutes not used: Bulka (GK); Zappacosta, Christensen
Manager: Maurizio Sarri 5 
Manchester City (4-3-3): Bravo 6.5; Walker 7, Stones 7.5 (Gomes 90+4), Laporte 7.5 (Otamendi 87), Mendy 7; Foden 7.5 (Diaz 76), Fernandinho (c) 7, B. Silva 8; Mahrez 7 (Gabriel Jesus 68, 6.5), Aguero 8.5 (Kompany 80), Sane 6 (Gundogan 46, 6.5)
Substitutes not used: Ederson (GK)
Manager: Pep Guardiola 8 
Scorer: Aguero 13, 58
Referee: Jonathan Moss 6
He will have hoped to find desire in the eyes of those players who amassed 100 points and 106 goals in the Premier League last season.
It is a decade since any team successfully defended the title. In fact, Chelsea, hapless Wembley victims on this occasion, have become experts in turning the task into a complete shambles.
He will have sought proof that no-one had lost their appetite after a summer at the World Cup - and evidence that others were emerging to push them and keep momentum rolling by injecting freshness.
Here it was, pretty much all of the above. Albeit against a team with their best players missing and clearly lots of groundwork still to be done by Maurizio Sarri.
The new Chelsea manager, just over three weeks into the job, wants to see his team play with speed and adventure akin to Manchester City but they are far from the same levels of fluency and understanding.
Sergio Aguero looked sleek and keen as he erased the memories of what was a most miserable World Cup.
Aguero helped himself to a goal in each half. The first took his City tally to 200 and there might have been a hat-trick without a strong performance from his Argentina teammate Willy Caballero in goal for Chelsea. 
The Argentine forward fired home his 200th goal for City after working space for shot through the Chelsea defence 
The Argentine forward fired home his 200th goal for City after working space for shot through the Chelsea defence 
Aguero turns away in celebration after opening the scoring in the traditional English football curtain-raiser at Wembley
Aguero turns away in celebration after opening the scoring in the traditional English football curtain-raiser at Wembley
City celebrates scoring their first goal of the domestic campaign as club record scorer Aguero reached 200 goals
City celebrates scoring their first goal of the domestic campaign as club record scorer Aguero reached 200 goals
City manager Guardiola celebrates Aguero's early opening goal with a couple of clenched fists on the sidelines
City manager Guardiola celebrates Aguero's early opening goal with a couple of clenched fists on the sidelines
He took the Man of the Match award from the sponsors and yet those who were at Wembley will recall this as they day they saw Phil Foden begin to transform his huge potential into something more tangible. 
At 18, Foden dazzled and received a standing ovation when he was replaced, having succumbed to cramp, 15 minutes from time.
His jinking runs punctured holes in Chelsea’s defence, his touch was sure and his passes were crisp and accurate, like the one which found Aguero on the edge of the penalty area for the opening goal.
Aguero feinted to go one way, twisted the other and was afforded the time to slam the ball low past Antonio Rudiger’s attempted block and the dive of Caballero. 
Aguero celebrates after doubling City's advantage after 58 minutes with another composed low finish past Willy Caballero
Aguero celebrates after doubling City's advantage after 58 minutes with another composed low finish past Willy Caballero
Having scored his 200th goal for City in the first-half, Aguero added No 201 during the second at Wembley Stadium
Having scored his 200th goal for City in the first-half, Aguero added No 201 during the second at Wembley Stadium
Aguero blows a kiss to the City supporters at Wembley after doubling the Premier League champions' lead at Wembley
Aguero blows a kiss to the City supporters at Wembley after doubling the Premier League champions' lead at Wembley
Guardiola celebrates on the Wembley sidelines after Aguero doubled his team's lead in the Community Shield
Guardiola celebrates on the Wembley sidelines after Aguero doubled his team's lead in the Community Shield
Another explosive change of pace from Foden in the first half left Jorginho trailing as he cut through the centre and found Riyad Mahrez in space.
Mahrez was betrayed by his touch, which offered a reminder of the technical polish which is now the norm at City.
When a player fails to stop the ball with precision and poise, it simply jars with the rhythm. 
Foden and Bernardo Silva, who started out in the roles normally occupied by David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne, were sublime, with such vision and awareness of others around them and maturity and confidence in their decisions.
Bernardo was shifted out wide after the interval to equal effect and received special praise from Guardiola for his display, which the manager thought proved him to be ahead of the other creative players in his squad.
Foden picked out another Aguero run, early in the second half and the striker skipped around the goalkeeper only to slice a shot into the side-netting.
It was Bernardo who created his second. The striker dashed away from Rudiger and behind David Luiz to apply a low finish to a perfectly weighed pass.
Chelsea wilted in the heat where City did not. They have players still to return, including N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard, their two most important under Antonio Conte.
Even so, Sarri had plenty of occupy his thoughts as he paced the touchline chewing furiously on the gum he has chosen to replace the cigarettes.
Jorginho was the signing he wanted above all others, the key to setting the tempo and dictating the style he craves.
He was stolen from under City’s noses but Brazil-born Italian international was hustled out of his stride as he took risks on the ball, sitting deep in midfield, on the toes of his central defenders. 

Chelsea's Willy Caballero comes out to claim the ball from City's forward Leroy Sane under pressure from Antonio Rudiger
Chelsea's Willy Caballero comes out to claim the ball from City's forward Leroy Sane under pressure from Antonio Rudiger
Aguero should have doubled City's lead early in the second-half, rounding Caballero but shooting into the side-netting
Aguero should have doubled City's lead early in the second-half, rounding Caballero but shooting into the side-netting
Unusually, the Argentine forward was wayward with his shot having broken clear to take it round his compatriot 
Unusually, the Argentine forward was wayward with his shot having broken clear to take it round his compatriot 
Managers Guardiola and Sarri argue over which way a throw in should be taken on the Wembley touchline
Managers Guardiola and Sarri argue over which way a throw in should be taken on the Wembley touchline
City striker Aguero (left) and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas compete for a bouncing ball during the first-half
City striker Aguero (left) and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas compete for a bouncing ball during the first-half
City's new arrival from Leicester Riyad Mahrez takes on Chelsea defenders Marcos Alonso and David Luiz during the game
City's new arrival from Leicester Riyad Mahrez takes on Chelsea defenders Marcos Alonso and David Luiz during the game
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is crowded out by City defender John Stones and midfielder Fernandinho during the first-half
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is crowded out by City defender John Stones and midfielder Fernandinho during the first-half

10 - Aguero loves playing against the Blues 

Aguero has now scored 10 goals against Chelsea for City. This is only bettered by the 14 he's netted against Newcastle. 
One misplaced pass allowed Leroy Sane to burst clear midway through the first half and Caballero dashed from his line to smother the chance.
Up front, 17-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi flickered and threatened from the left and forced an error from Claudio Bravo with a shot which skidded off the turf and surprised the ‘keeper.
Bravo escaped another misjudgement, this time beaten by the bounce of a long punt forward from Marcos Alonso, and Chelsea rarely looked capable of testing him with anything more deliberate.
The build-up to Sergio Aguero's opening goal on 13 minutes as City went from back to front to work their way through Chelsea
The build-up to Sergio Aguero's opening goal on 13 minutes as City went from back to front to work their way through Chelsea
Talented teenager Phil Foden carries City forward during the first-half as the academy graduate made an impact once again
Talented teenager Phil Foden carries City forward during the first-half as the academy graduate made an impact once again
Foden, who became the youngest player to win a Premier League medal last season, takes a shot at goal for City
Foden, who became the youngest player to win a Premier League medal last season, takes a shot at goal for City
Mahrez tries to get the better of Chelsea defender David Luiz as City launch another attack in the first-half
Mahrez tries to get the better of Chelsea defender David Luiz as City launch another attack in the first-half
Bernardo Silva leads another City break during the first half as the Premier League champions took on the FA Cup holders
Bernardo Silva leads another City break during the first half as the Premier League champions took on the FA Cup holders
Alvaro Morata offered nothing to suggest a change of manager and a change of shirt number was about to bring him a change of fortune in blue. 
Morata started his Chelsea career by missing a penalty in a shoot-out in last year’s Community Shield before his first season drifted away into disappointment.
Here, he went off in a blur of substitutions as the FA Cup winners were saved from the realms of humiliation by Caballero’s defiance.
There would be no hat-trick for Aguero but there was an ominous purr to the champions.
City's Kyle Walker holds off a challenge from Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta during the opening period at Wembley
City's Kyle Walker holds off a challenge from Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta during the opening period at Wembley
Bernardo Silva takes on water during a scheduled drinks break midway through the first-half at sweltering Wembley
Bernardo Silva takes on water during a scheduled drinks break midway through the first-half at sweltering Wembley
Guardiola took advantage of the hydration break in the first-half to pass on instructions to his players from the touchline
Guardiola took advantage of the hydration break in the first-half to pass on instructions to his players from the touchline
Chelsea's new midfield signing Jorginho has a drink as the mercury soared above 30C on a scorching day at Wembley
Chelsea's new midfield signing Jorginho has a drink as the mercury soared above 30C on a scorching day at Wembley
New Chelsea manager Sarri oversees his first game in charge of the Blues on English soil at the national stadium
New Chelsea manager Sarri oversees his first game in charge of the Blues on English soil at the national stadium
City manager Guardiola lines up alongside his players and in front of the Premier League trophy ahead of kick-off
City manager Guardiola lines up alongside his players and in front of the Premier League trophy ahead of kick-off
There were plenty of empty seats in the Manchester City end for the season's curtain-raiser at Wembley Stadium
There were plenty of empty seats in the Manchester City end for the season's curtain-raiser at Wembley Stadium

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